What is the PA Veteran Farming Network?
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.
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!
Toolkit of Conference presentations HERE.
Buy fresh; buy local; buy veteran grown and raised. Find PA Veteran Farms and Agribusinesses
In the news:
Veterans to help plant 10 million trees
Bootcamp teaches beekeeping basics to veterans (Farm and Dairy)
Troops to Tractors offers Veterans a different way to utilize the GI Bill WFMZ Channel 69 Allentown 27 June 2019
Tribune-Review, 17 Apr 2019
Tour highlights successes of Southwestern
Pennsylvania's military veterans turned farmers
Pa.’s top veterans’ advocate visits
Saturday, July 10, 10 am to 2 pm. Jacob's Valley Farm, Hanover PA FSA funding; field walk of NRCS projects; registered Katahdin lambing operation; practical marketing. Info & Register
Saturday, August 7, 9-noon. Hope Hill Lavender Farm LLC Pottsville, Schuylkill Co. NRCS conservation cover for pollinators, composting facility, diversion, prescribed grazing system with animal walkway and watering system, bring your soil test and spaek with The Accidental Agonomist. Info & Registration.
Saturday, August 21, 10 am to 2 pm, Shupp Hill Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co. Field walk of conservation projects, more...
September TBA: Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlisle PA, Wagyu cattle operation, more...
Charlois at Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlilse, owned by Paul McNamara
Above: Melissa Harrop, Meadowcreek Livestock; Don Green (Crabapple Hollow farm; MG Tony Carelli, Adjutant General PA DMVA at the 2020 PA Farm Show
The PA Veteran Farming Project gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
Disabled American Veterans
Pittsburgh Chapter 8 and
Col. S. D. Foster Chapter #76
Evergreen Farms Dairy
Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund
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.