What is the PA Veteran Farming Project?
We are the state's grassroots network of veterans, military, and their spouses who farm and operate agribusinesses. We provide resource referral, education, and connections; we convene educational events and promote veteran ag.

We use the VA definition of 'veteran': § 101(2) provides: The term "veteran" means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.

Upcoming Events

Due to public health concerns, we regret to announce that the

2021 PA State Veteran Farming Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27  will be going virtual. 

However, plans are in the works for smaller, regional meetings to comply with health guidelines in early spring.

Check back soon for information

See our Workshop Toolkits page for materials from 2020 events.

What does the PA Veteran Farming Network do?

--Connect honorably discharged veterans, Guard,

and Reserve members and their spouses with agriculture resources.

--Bring together employers/mentor farmers  with Veterans throughout PA through our Ag Allies.

--Facilitate "Troops to Tractors" VA OJT apprenticeships

--Convene workshops and meet-ups that provide you with the resources to build sustainable, profitable farms.

--Help eligible individuals find grant funding and assist with applying.

--Partner with a wide variety of veteran service organizations; local/state/federal agencies; fellow ag organizations and higher ed.

--Host Bee Bootcamp hive management classes in select areas.

Ask us a question about farming or agribusiness. We may not know the answer, but bet we know someone who does!

Contact us at pavetsfarm@gmail.com or 724-691-1087 to learn more.



Toasting Veteran Hops, Wine,

Beer, Spirits, Tea!

Meet the makers

Download brochure

Map of Pennsylvania showing where Vetern owned farms are located.

Find PA Veteran Farms and Agribusinesses

Veteran 25% Discount

on PA Farm Link fee

SePA DMVA TAG MG Carelli and PA Secretary of Ag Redding visited Hubbard Family Ranch and Nine Pines Farm in November, 2020.

Veteran Farm Tour Nov. 6, 2020

Top: Melissa Harrop, Meadowcreek Livestock; Don Green (Crabapple Hollow farm; MG Tony Carelli, Adjutant General PA DMVA at the 2020 PA Farm Show

Right: Charlois at Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlilse, owned by Paul McNamara

The PA Veteran Farming Project gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
Disabled American Veterans
Pittsburgh Chapter 8

Col. S. D. Foster Chapter #76


Evergreen Farms Dairy

Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund

Our Partners: 


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We serve active duty  U.S. military, veterans (released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable), Guard, Reserve, and their spouses.   Proof of service required.


USDA defines “Veteran Farmer or Rancher” as a producer who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof; was released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable. Some USDA programs give preference to "Beginning Farmers", defined as those who 

  • have not operated a farm or ranch, or has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 years; or

  • who first obtained status as a veteran during the most recent 10-year period.


There is no charge to eligible individuals for our resource/referral services.  We gratefully acknowledges the support of  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Posts 8 and 76 in Allegheny County, PA, and the Myles D. Sampson Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County for their financial support. 

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