Kate Martin
Veteran Farmer, 2017-2018

Please Support Our Veteran Farmers

By making a financial contribution to the Veteran to Farmer Training Program, you will be helping to make a difference in the lives of men and women whose service and sacrifice provide the security and comfort we all enjoy. Your tax-deductible contribution will support not only the careers of transitioning American veterans, but also help to spread the restorative organic farming practices that have earned Turner Farm its reputation.

Veteran to Farmer Training Program (VFTP)

We are now searching for our 2019-2020 Veteran Farmer. For application details, message Rob Lewis at rob@turnerfarm.org.

Turner Farm’s Veteran to Farmer Training Program is designed to provide the training and resources necessary to help military veterans transition into successful careers in agriculture. This paid, fulltime training evolution lasts two years and takes place at Turner Farm and the farm’s VFTP incubator garden.

The program is designed to:

  • Train veterans in the basic skills of farming, including organic farming

  • Assist veterans with business and market planning

  • Connect veterans with members of the local food community

  • Help veterans find land and access to capital to start their own business

Turner Farm offers an impressive diversity of educational opportunities, including:

  • Crop and livestock management

  • Soil and pest management

  • Machinery and infrastructure maintenance

  • Produce sales and marketing

First-year VFTP trainees will complete a season of hands-on work and classroom education with the Turner Farm crop production staff and interns.

Second-year trainees will be responsible for running their own small business at the VFTP incubator garden. This includes crop planning, marketing and sales.

To follow the Turner Farm Veteran Facebook page click here.

We hope you enjoy our Veteran’s Program feature in the 2016 Fall edition of  Edible Ohio Valley.

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