11 October 2019     
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In this issue: Grants, Veterans in the Valley, Armed to Farm, Workshops
The PA Veteran Farming Project, in partnership with the PA Friends of Agriculture Foundation, has been awarded a 3-year grant which will allow us to continue building our home-grown network of mentors,  host one statewide and 5 regional conferences each year, and support connecting eligible veterans to VA OJT apprenticeships through the Troops to Tractors program.
In a competitive, nationwide process, 33 grants were awarded to projects focusing on underserved/beginning farmers; 17 grants were awarded to serve veterans and our was 1 of only 2 projects funded in PA.  Thank you to the Advisory board, agricultural and community partners, and PA Friends of Ag. 

We are proud to be The Veteran Farming network in Pennsylvania. 

Funding Opportunities
FACT’s 2019 Fund-a-Farmer Grants

For pasture improvement, humane certification, or capacity building if already certified. Watch the webinar Oct. 29th. 
Applications must be submitted online by 5pm CST on December 2, 2019.

Have K-12 kids and interested in working on a school garden?
 Annie’s Grants for Gardens are for K-12 school gardens  to help children start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. New applicants may apply for grants of $3,000. Public, charter, and private schools, school districts and nonprofit organizations  are eligible to apply. Apply by November 1, 2019.

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is open for grant applications with proposals due 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Farmer Grants provide research funds for commercial farms to explore new ideas in almost any aspect of production, marketing and other topics that influence successful farming in the region. Find details and information on registering for the pre-app webinar to be held Oct.. 22 at


Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) using volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date. The deadline to apply, December 31, 2019.

American Farmland Trust and Chobani
yogurt just announced $10K microgrants and resources available for family dairy farms. You must sign up to receive details as they are released, such as grant application deadlines.Man with cow
Veterans in the Valley logo

THANK YOU to Black Valley Farm, hosts Alana Foor and Joe Capricci, our veteran vendors and sponsors for making the Sept. 29 event a very successful one. The afternoon allowed many of us who have only connected virtually to meet and share ideas in person, and to connect with community resources. See photos here.
Jason C. Puryear

Jason C. Puryear (US Air Force) of Zest Kitchen and Pantry, Meadville, PA, recently attended NCAT's Armed to Farm near Cleveland, OH.  Armed to Farm is a week-long, immersive farming experience for veterans and military seeking a 'second career' in ag. Read more....
Learning Opportunities

The Art of Negotiating: Getting What You Need, free webinar from PA Women in Ag Network
12:30 Oct. 30

So you Wanna Raise Beef Cattle? Nov. 12, registration deadline: November 8,

Save the date: Veteran, Military, and their Families Day at the PA Farm Show, Thursday, Jan. 9th, 2020, Harrisburg

Rhonda Smith at the Farm Show 2019

 The PA Veteran Farming Project thanks Pittsburgh DAV Chapter 8 for their support of our Project efforts.  We serve VA eligible active duty, veterans, Guard and Reserve, and their spouses. There is no charge for our services to eligible individuals. 

Donations to the Project can be made by check payable to "Westmoreland Conservation District" with "Troops to Tractors" in the memo line. WCD is a tax exempt unit of sub-government. Consult your tax professional. Mail to:
218 Donohoe Rd.,
Greensburg  PA 
Thank you!

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