The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is a nonprofit that connects military veterans with careers, training, and places to heal on America's farms. The mission of the FVC is mobilizing veterans to feed America. The FVC website states, "We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems. We believe that agriculture offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits." The veteran-led FVC desires to provide information, fellowships, grants, and resources to veterans who farm or are interested in agriculture.
You can visit the Farmer Veteran Coalition website at: http://www.farmvetco.org/
The Virginia FVC is now taking steps to organize and needs your input. If you are interested in joining the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, do one of the following:
Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition at www.farmvetco.org
Share our flyer with a veteran interested or involved in agriculture
Attend one of the three interest meetings this fall. Locations will be in Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Eastern Virginia
The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2015-70017-22887. For more information, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-5784.
For website updates, such as broken links, please contact Allyssa Mark, Program Associate.