Farmer Veteran Coalition is on a mission to raise the next generation of farmers and food leaders in America by employing Veterans and fostering cooperation between farming and Veteran communities. They are the largest non-profit organization that guides Veterans to careers in agriculture.
The organization formed in response to the fact that many Veterans come from rural America. Farmer Veteran Coalition began as a small gathering in California. It grew to a nation-wide organization with key partnerships in government and civil society. Farmer Veteran Coalition believes that agriculture gives Veterans a purpose, new opportunities, and physical and psychological benefits.
Their mission is to guide Veterans to full-time or part-time employment in the agriculture community, either externally employed or self-employed. Farmer Veteran Coalition works with a network of partnerships that allows them to serve a large number of Veterans across the country. Their work includes a Farmer Veteran Fellowship fund, farm financing, business resources, and education. Veteran farmers can also be certified to use the official Veteran label ‘Homegrown by Heroes’ on their products. The organization works with Veterans in all 50 states and has a map of state chapters here.
Membership to Farmer Veteran Coalition is free for Veterans. Non-Veterans and supporters may also apply for membership as an Associate Member. Veteran Members are eligible to programs and services through Farmer Veteran Coalition and have access to exclusive discounts for equipment suppliers and agriculture. Membership requires ID and a form of service verification.
Interested in applying for membership or hearing more about the services of Farmer Veteran Coalition? Visit their website at www.farmvetco.org.
Note: updated April 27 with a link to map of locations.
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Writer: Heather Martin
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