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.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. We received a record 354 applications this year. The application review process is underway and we expect announcements will be made by the end of April. All applicants will be notified via email once the review process is complete.
NEW! JUST LAUNCHED – CONFERENCE WEBSITE!
Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the 2019 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will be held November 17-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.
This year’s conference is the fifth national gathering of the farmer veteran community and will feature two days of education, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking and more.
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
In this webinar, Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund manager Rachel Petitt reviews the 2019 Fellowship application, and Chris Laughton from Farm Credit East presents on business planning. The webinar ends with a Q&A session.
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.
Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the application for the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will open February 1 at 8 a.m. PST. The application will remain open for five weeks before closing on March 8 at 5 p.m. PST.
The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Since it was established in 2011, the Fellowship Fund has awarded $2 million to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching.