Veteran to Farmer Training Program (VFTP)
Turner Farm’s Veteran to Farmer Training Program is designed to provide the training and resources necessary to help military veterans transition into successful careers in agriculture. This paid, fulltime training evolution lasts two years and takes place at Turner Farm and the farm’s VFTP incubator garden.
The program is designed to:
Train veterans in the basic skills of farming, including organic farming
Assist veterans with business and market planning
Connect veterans with members of the local food community
Help veterans find land and access to capital to start their own business
Turner Farm offers an impressive diversity of educational opportunities, including:
Crop and livestock management
Soil and pest management
Machinery and infrastructure maintenance
Produce sales and marketing
First-year VFTP trainees will complete a season of hands-on work and classroom education with the Turner Farm crop production staff and interns.
Second-year trainees will be responsible for running their own small business at the VFTP incubator garden. This includes crop planning, marketing and sales.
To follow the Turner Farm Veteran Facebook page click here.
We hope you enjoy our Veteran’s Program feature in the 2016 Fall edition of Edible Ohio Valley.
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