A Soldier, A Farmer
Oct 12 was National Farmer’s Day, and Founder Michael O’Gorman appeared on Fox & Friends to share the good word on FVC! Joined by Mark Bowen, President of FVC Vermont chapter, Michael took the stage on the Times Square set in conjunction with Tractor Supply Company, who we thank for their continued support of our farmer veterans.
Last month we handed over the keys to a brand new Kubota tractor to Jake Sass!
These ceremonies are always full of high energy and emotion, and this one in particular as it coincided with the Grand Opening of a new Kubota dealership in Kansas City. A Westpoint grad, Jake served three deployments with the Ranger Regiment as platoon leader and reconnaissance section leader. He and his wife Abbey now grow hops for Minnesota craft brew producers. Their Civil Sass Hops hopyard in Chattfield, MN is Homegrown By Heroes certified and they pride themselves on being a place to radically connect a beer community with those who grow it. A very deserving awardee, Jake beamed “I always loved tractors as a kid!”. We can imagine his anticipation in taking a first ride on this brand new orange one of his very own.
Thank you Kubota Tractor Corporation for continuing to make big kid dreams come true with your Geared to Give program.
After returning for his second stint with Farmer Veteran Coalition in November 2018 as director of operations, Willie Hines has been promoted to chief operating officer. In the new role, Hines will oversee day-to-day operations of the organization.
Previously, Leonard Monaco, a Marine veteran and retired senior vice president with Farm Credit West, served as chief operating officer. Monaco, whose career spans more than 48 years in agricultural banking, will continue working with FVC as a senior advisor to the organization.
Because of new government grants, increased support from our funders and soaring demand for our services, FVC is expanding its team. We are looking for candidates for veteran services, communications and development. Knowledge of agriculture and military service are big plusses. All jobs are in Davis, CA. We have a great team, competitive pay and benefits, and a wonderful cause to work for. Send resumes or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Executive Director & Founder Michael O’Gorman
Ten years ago today, Farmer Veteran Coalition incorporated as a project of Community Partners, our fiscal sponsor. A few days earlier we had set up shop in our $250/month office – a book storage room in downtown Davis, California with two desks, a phone number and an address. We had a big idea and we were ready to get busy.
It is hard to imagine how new the concept was – mobilizing veterans to feed America. But we already had found about 15 veterans who were eager to become farmers. Our plan was simple: find a way to help them, and then tell their story.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (November 8, 2018) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced five new farmer veteran tractor recipients as part of its 2018 “Geared to Give” program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). This year, for the first time, Kubota is honoring five veterans, adding a fifth veteran to represent its newly-created Midwest operating division. Each veteran will receive the keys to their new Kubota L Series compact tractor in their respective hometown in a special ceremony in recognition of their past U.S. military service and their continued service to their communities through farming.
On Tuesday, October 16, Farmer Veteran Coalition and five farmer veterans were featured on PBS NewsHour. The five farmer veterans featured were: Alejandro Jauregui of Fury Bees & Pollination, Cal Zamora of Zamora Flora, Colin Archipley of Archi’s Acres, Matt Smiley of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, and Josh Eilers of Ranger Cattle.
Leading up to the National Stakeholders Conference in November, FVC is bringing together the farmer veteran community for three, one-day conferences in North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia in the month of October. Thanks to support from Altria, these conferences are free to attend and will provide an opportunity to meet and network with other farmer veterans, visit with farm service organizations, hear from a panel of successful farmer veterans and much more.