Vets on the Farm
Vets on the Farm is designed for Veterans seeking a new mission and a way to transition back into civilian life through careers in agriculture, farming, ranching or other conservation based industries. Our mission is to provide resources and opportunities for education, partnership, and employment to help reach that goal.
Why We Started - The average age of the American farmer is over 60 years old. With retirement just around the corner for many of them, it’s estimated we will need a million new farmers over the next 10 years to fill this growing gap in the agriculture industry. The film, GROUND OPERATIONS – Battlefields to Farmfields, depicts this epidemic and proposes trading our battle gear for farm equipment to ensure the survival of our precious food and fiber in this country. Those who have provided us with our national security are now providing our food security! Click here for more information on GROUND OPERATIONS.
Who We Serve - Active Duty, Separated, and Retired US Military Veterans. We emphasize to our latest generation of Veterans to tap into vital transferable skills that they possess. Click here for more information on other resources and affiliate partner links and programs.
How Do I Start - If you are in interested becoming involved in Vets on the Farm, please click here and fill out our member application. You will be contacted and invited to attend an introductory meeting to help get you on your way.
Vets on the Farm facilitates several ways for Veterans to connect with people in the industry, fellow Veterans, and financial and technical resources to explore. We believe networking is the “weaving of the fabric” of which creates a stronger bond and connection. Some of our outreach activities include:
Boots to Business – Held quarterly at Fairchild, AFB for Veterans separating from service within 90 days.
SCC Vets One Stop – Education services provided to Veterans through the Spokane Community Colleges of Spokane. Click here for more information.
VOTF Service Meetings – Monthly meetings held in Spokane and Colville to facilitate introductions, networking, and community building among Veterans and resource professionals. Spokane’s meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month at 210 N. Havana St., Spokane, WA 99202. Meetings in Colville are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 232 Williams Lake Road, Colville, WA 99114.
Facebook – Check us out on-line! Vetsonthefarm is a very active page with tons of daily updates and posts to keep you informed.
Community Fairs, Parades & Events – Look for us in a community near you – and we would love to visit your hometown, too! Click here for a list of scheduled events.
Hiring Events – Each year we attend Hiring Heroes and other hiring events throughout Eastern Washington. We hope to see you at one in the future!
Vets on the Farm encourages exploration of agricultural and conservation based education by offering programs and curriculum in partnership with WSU Extension and Spokane Community Colleges. Levels of completion will be available and include course certification up to an Associate’s degree.
Additionally, VOTF facilitates an internship and mentoring program to give our Veterans a chance to “walk the walk.” Again, we bring the resources to help build the community. Some of our education resources include:
Cultivating Success – Our 12-week curriculum in beginning farming and ranching. Students are introduced to the nuts and bolts of a small operation and will finish the course with a business concept/plan. Courses are offered in the Spring and Fall and scholarships are available. Click here for more information and contact.
Workshops & Farmwalks – Vets on the Farm and partnering agencies offer workshops and farmwalks throughout the year. These events provide our Veterans with an opportunity for learning outside of a traditional classroom and another way to connect with fellow Veterans and individuals interested in agriculture. Click here for a current schedule.
Homegrown by Heroes – HGH is an official farmer veteran branding program of America. The HGH logo serves to inform consumers that products donning the logo were produced by military veterans. The program is available to farmers, ranchers, fisherman, and value-added producers of all branches and eras of military services. Click here for more information on HGH.