From:Arcadia Center For
Sustainable Food & Agriculture <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: December 16, 2016 at 10:04:20 AM EST Subject:Help Arcadia Train Veterans for New Careers
"I used to tell people I
was an IT guy with a farming habit. Now I just say I am a
farmer." – Tom, a
Navy veteran enrolled in Arcadia's
Veteran Farmer Reserve Program.
Arcadia started the Veteran Farmer Program last year for people
exactly like Tom – military veterans who want the
cultivation skills and business training, hands-on experience,
and the opportunity to make their dream of becoming farmers a
Tom is now raising pigs and planting crops on leased land in West
Virginia, and slowly – smartly – building toward a
full-time life in agriculture. For Tom and the 12 others in our
program, it's just another way to continue his service to the nation
he loves. Feeding it.
Your tax-deductible year-end donation will make the farming
dreams of someone just like Tom come true.
Arcadia has trained 13 military veterans this year for careers in
agriculture through the Veteran Farmer Reserve and on-farm
fellowships. Chuck, Tor, Kat, Laron, Zeek, Erica, Chris, Clifton,
Bruce, Luke, Ally, Evans, and Tom have dedicated 2016 to learning
what they need to know to feed the nation in the coming years.
Want to join the program? Click HERE to learn more
Veteran Farmer Reserve Graduation Day December 11,
Not all of of our vets will become farmers – in fact, that's
part of the plan. We want our Reservists to discover whether
farming is the right career choice while training with us, not
after they buy a tractor and land. And we use our networks to
help them find other careers that capitalize on their interest in
Meet Luke. Newly married with a baby on the way, his plan for
urban farming needed to take a back seat to his family life.
Here's what Luke has to say about the Veteran
I was an
army engineer before I found the Veteran Farmer Program. When the
program started I had just gotten home from deployment. I
returned to a job managing enterprise software contracts for
government customers. Sustainable agriculture had been a blooming
interest for me overseas and it quickly gained traction once we
started diving into many of the possible career paths. Pam knew I
felt the need to make a career pivot, and she connected me with
the owner of of Glen's Garden Market. They are an all-local
grocery store in DC with a focus on environmental sustainability,
where I am now the director of HR. The difference in my job
satisfaction has really changed my entire life and I'm incredibly
grateful to (Arcadia) for helping to point me in the right
nation needs 700,000 new farmers over the next 20 years to
replace the farmers now aging out of the profession. Help us fill
the gap, and your plate!
Veteran Farmer Program: Funding
$100 buys lunch for 20 veterans working up an
appetite on the farm
$165 buys a complete set of text books for a veteran farmer on
$250 buys a training hive of honeybees
$1,000 buys trellising for 200 feet of hops plants for the new
$1,995 pays the tuition for one Veteran Reserve Member’s
year-long training program
$22,000 pays the salary of a Veteran Farm Fellow’s year-long
apprenticeship on Arcadia Farm!
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
was founded in 2010 with the mission to create a more equitable and
sustainable local food system that will improve the health of our
community, the viability of local farmers, and preserve our
environment for future generations.