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The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) was founded in 2008 by Michael O’Gorman, a pioneer in America’s organic farming industry. Since then we have become the largest national organization connecting military veterans with all aspects of agriculture.
The coalition seeks to assist the farming community by developing a new generation of farmers and to help our returning veterans find viable careers and means to heal on America’s farms.
The goal of our work is to share our experiences with recent military veterans and to assist them to create a new generation of innovative and financially successful young farmers. Recent military veterans have many relevant skills that equip them to be innovative and financially successful farmers.
American industry leaders have business skills and experience that FVC harnesses into mentorships for these returning warriors. By bringing these two groups together, our program has the ability to help returning veterans transition into civilian careers.
The mission of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is to mobilize veterans to feed America. 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 aspire to lead the national effort connecting veterans to agriculture. 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.
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The Farmer Veteran Coalition serves military veterans of all eras and branches, though a majority of our veterans are from the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, interested in pursuing careers in the agriculture industry. Many of these veterans have visible and invisible injuries incurred in the line of duty.
Many are also single parents or have young families that have been separated over many years of military deployments. FVC believes in helping these veterans and their families start and maintain viable agricultural careers and/or enterprises.
Serving California, Washington, Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa & California
Resources: Comprehensive lists of programs and organizations that can help grow a Farmer Veteran’s knowledge of the agricultural sector. Specifically: Funding, Land Access, Governmental Resources (not funding related), Business Planning, and Referrals to Non-Governmental organizations
Worksheets: FVC worksheets (the Farmer Worksheet and the Education & Training Worksheet) are designed to function as an assessment tool, in order to determine appropriate resources for a specific veteran. In some cases, the worksheets function as an opportunity for an aspiring Farmer Veteran to do a self-check and answer questions that they may not have thought were imprtant.
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund: The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is designed to assist veterans beginning a career in food and farming, and assist current Farmer Veterans with business expansion. There are two branches of the Fellowship Fund, the Business Branch and the Education & Training Branch. The Business Branch provides a boost to Farmer Veterans through the purchase of equipment, assistance with certifications, building materials and labor. The Education & Training Branch targets veterans who are interested in pursuing an agriculture-focused education or training program, which will enable future employment. Fellowship Fund grantees are awarded not only monetary assistance but also in-kind supplies, one-on-one farm advice, as well as business and financial mentorships. The grantees are also connected to each other – forming an ever-growing community of Farmer Veterans.
Job and Internship/Apprenticeship Placement: FVC job and internship/ apprenticeship placement programs are designed to match veterans with opportunities in the agriculture industry.
Library: The library makes information available to Farmer Veterans in a written form at no cost.
Farm Support: Farm Support offers informal consulting to Farmer Veterans.
Referrals: FVC staff functions as a liaison between veterans and members of the agriculture industry.
Mentors: Agriculture industry leaders have business skills and experience that the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) harnesses into mentorships for returning warriors. By bringing these two groups together, our program has the ability to help returning veterans transition into civilian careers.
Events: FVC both hosts and collaborates with partnering organizations to make event opportunities available to veterans in agriculture. These events include conferences, educational workshops and retreats, concert fundraisers, farm tours, webinars, etc… These types of events provide veterans with an opportunity to meet face to face with agricultural and business experts, as well as veteran service providers. Events also provide the platform for networking between fellow veteran farmers.
Advocacy: FVC helps to spread knowledge to the general population about the unique qualifications, needs and challenges of Farmer Veterans.
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