November 11, 2013

To All Our Farmer Vets,

We Honor You on Veterans Day!

The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is a not-for-profit based in Davis, CA, to mobilize veterans to feed America. FVC provides meaningful and healing vocations to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, while also rebuilding our population of small farmers for food security in America.

FVC connects military veterans with opportunities for employment, training, job opportunities, an active support network of mentors, a resource center, and an empowering women’s program. Strategic grants to launch farm/ranch operations have been available through the Bob Woodruff Fellowship Fund for several years now.

“We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems for all. We believe that food production offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits,” the organization posted on their website.

Farm Credit System is a series of farmer-owned lending associations that handle about half of our nation's agriculture. Regional associations work with FVC to help farmer veterans with financial literacy, business planning, and when qualified, loan acquisitions. 


A growing partnership between the Farm Credit Council and Farmer Veteran Coalition aims to include and engage every Farm Credit institution to help introduce veterans and military communities to the business opportunities agriculture offers. Their guide provides a simple framework outlining the many different ways to participate in this new partnership.


“Ground Operations” is a social-action 
campaign featuring a documentary film and 
companion book, and a national tour of 
film/food/farm events to ultimately influence
public policy to support the beginning farmers 
and ranchers our nation so urgently needs. 
"GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farmfields" is a film about the daunting transition our returning warriors face when their return to civilian life is marked by unemployment, prescription drug addiction and astronomical suicide rates. They need a new mission. Simultaneously, as half of American farmers will soon retire, and the USDA is calling for one million new farmers to fill the gap, “Agriculture’s problem is the veterans’ solution.”
Some of California’s Resources include:
Northcutt Ranch in Los Corners (Napa Valley), CA, a veteran owned and operated ranch exploring viable options in sustainability, organic farming, livestock, and a family-oriented ranching lifestyle.
California: Veterans’ Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) at Archi’s Acres in Valley Center, CA which trains transitioning service men and women to be successful in the sustainable agriculture industry.

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