Upcoming Workshops

Due to the changing situation regarding the coronavirus, these events subject to change.

Friday and

Saturday, Aug. 7 & 8, MIllerstown, Perry Co.

Registration open: Small Farm Business

Success, Small Ruminant (Sheep & Goats)

workshops. 2  half day workshops--attend

one or both--topics are different each day.

Attendees are

invited to a social Friday evening offered by

hosts (not an official workshop event). See Events tab. 

Friday, September 18, 2020--Hope Hill Lavender Farm, Pottsville  USDA programs for veterans, field walk of  animal walkway, manure storage, and pollinator garden created with technical and financial incentives by NRCS.

The PA Veteran Farming Project is the Commonwealth's homegrown network of military, veterans, and their spouses who farm or operate agribusinesses. We connect them with each other and with agricultural resources throughout the state. 

The Troops to Tractors program facilitates on-farm VA OJT apprenticeships.

Find PA Veteran Farms and Agribusinesses

Map of Pennsylvania showing where Vetern owned farms are located.

Are you a member of the military/veteran community seeking resources on farming or agribusiness?

--We connect honorably discharged veterans, Guard,

and Reserve members and their spouses with agriculture resources.

--We bring together employers/mentor farmers

with Veterans throughout PA.

 

Troops to Tractors: 

Consider an on farm apprenticeship as an alternative to  higher ed to learn the craft & business of farming.  VA OJT apprenticeships may be eligible for  state approval as an educational program for those eligible for VA Educational Benefits ("GI Bill®*).

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

*"GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

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
and

Col. S. D. Foster Chapter #76

Battle4Warriorz

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. 

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