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Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project
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December 2019 Vol I
In this issue: PA Veteran Farming Conference, Apprenticeships/Jobs, Women farm worker safety survey, Workshops, Open Grants, Heroes to Hives
PA Veteran Farming Project will be at Military/Veteran/Families Day at the PA Farm Show on January 9th.
Thinking about taking your hobby farm or homestead to the next level
Established but need resources for land, equipment, or conservation practices? 
Got a business plan but you’re not sure it’s working for you? Maybe your marketing plan is missing the mark?  

Join us Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 for the first-ever PA Veteran Farming & Agribusiness Conference  at the PA Military Museum, Boalsburg PA (Centre County).  Military/veterans/spouses are invited to learn from experts and share your lessons learned. 

Agenda and registration info coming soon!

Apprenticeships/Employment for 2020 growing season

Redrange Organic/Byodynamic Farm in New Salem, Fayette Co., is seeking PT help during the winter, turning into FT in the growing season.  Veteran owned and operated small farm with a penchant for innovation. This is a paid apprenticeship. Learn more. Woman working in vegetable field, wearing a white hat

Fullers Overlook Farm in Waverly, PA, is seeking apprentices full-time March/April/May to end of October with possibility of winter work. Visit their website to learn more. 

If you have at least six months of VA educational benefits* available, and you are hired as a paid apprentice, you may be able to access your benefits to supplement your pay. Our Troops to Tractors program helps facilitate the conversation with your potential mentor/employer. Contact us to learn more.

* ‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Open Grants
Gloved hands making cheeseUSDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grants are now open. If you produce a farm product and then change it to another form--such as milk to cheese or beeswax to candles--review this opportunity. Deadline to apply is March 10, 2020. More info and Federal Register page.

Applications for the Amber Grant for women entrepreneurs close Dec. 31st for this round. Rhonda Smith of The Skirted Soldier successfully applied for one of these grants last year.

PA's Farm to School grant applications are open until Jan. 15, 2020. If you've considered providing food to local schools, review the proposal and encourage your district to apply.
Other learning opportunities~

Produce Safety Alliance: Food Safety Training,  Dec. 18,9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Clarion River Organics, Sligo, PA [Clarion County]

Local Food Chain Event co-hosted by veteran-owned Restless Roots Farm, 
Monday, January 13, 2020 at 8 AM – 11 AM, pin
Bellwood-Antis Public Library, 526 Main St, Bellwood, Blair Co.

Soil Health Conference, Wednesday, January 29, 2020,9 AM to 3:30 PM
Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe (Westmoreland Co)

Beginning to 5-year beekeepers can access college-level online lessons through Michigan States Heroes to Hives program; FREE sign-ups for veterans and their dependents 18 and older through February. Lessons are sent via email weekly for 9 months with a commitment of 3-6 hours per month. Eligible veterans may also attend the hands-on sessions in Michigan but travel is not funded. 

Mid-Atlantic Women in Ag free webinars; 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon; all are invited to participate. 2020 include: Intro to Organic Production and Certification, Water Testing and How to Interpret Results, Beef Basics: Things to Consider Before Starting your Small Herd, and many more.

Survey on Farm Health and Safety for Women

Taylor Hoose is an Allegheny College senior seeking input on a survey on female farm worker safety. She writes: "I am working on my senior thesis and invite you to participate in my research project regarding US women farm workers occupational health and safety. The primary purpose of this study is to answer the research question of how do American female farmers perceive and respond to risks in their occupation. I hope to learn about this issue from the perspective of women farm workers themselves. This project will provide information that could allow for improvements on equipment and farm implements in regard to making them more suitable and safe for women agricultural workers. As such, the understandings generated from this project could be beneficial in reducing female on-farm accidents and injuries. All responses will be kept confidential and secure (stored in a password-protected computer only the researcher and research advisors will have access to) for up to one year and will then be deleted. "  Take the survey here.
Thank you to DAV Chapters 76 and 8, Pittsburgh, for your support. There's no charge for our services for eligible individuals: veterans, AD, Guard, Reserve, and their spouses;  we have adopted the VA definition of veteran eligibility. Information in this newsletter and on our website is for informational purposes only. Please complete due diligence before entering into any legal or financial agreements. 
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