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Veteran Farmer Training Program


Veterans returning to the United States from active duty face many challenges. The Department of Labor reports that as of May 2010, over 20 percent of young veterans are unemployed. Moreover, recent data show that 45 percent of armed service members are from rural America. The agricultural industry is a logical solution to fill the economic gap veterans face. Rodale Institute is committed to assisting veterans to start or continue farming and ranching operations in order to strengthen the American economy and provide livelihoods to our returning veterans. * New focused internship options for the 2018 season. * Spacing is limited and highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply early. Our Veteran Farmer Training Program is open to any honorably discharged, military veteran who is passionate about learning about organic agriculture. This is also a great opportunity for veterans currently in college to be able to work outside, in a community setting, with like minded individuals over the summer. With the start of the 2018 season we are able to offer two paths in the program; a Focused Internship or General Internship. This enables us to better meet the needs of veterans applying to the program. With both paths veterans have access to farm field trips, webinars, workshops, speaking engagements and on-farm resources. The Focused Internship tract allows veterans to participate in one of two different programs: Agriculture Supported Community Internship or Livestock Internship. Veterans who are accepted into the internships will have access to onsite housing, receive a weekly stipend and work with other interns in that program. Each program has its own requirements, we encourage veterans who are interested in any of the programs to click on the links and research which program will best meet their needs. Our General Internship is a flexible, two month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance. Please note, housing is NOT provided with the General Internship, hence the housing allowance. This program targets the needs of veterans who are interested in learning about organic agriculture, by providing providing numerous focuses over a few short weeks; livestock, vegetable production, apiary etc. This program is ideal for veterans who are wanting to learn a little about many different fields in organic agriculture. The program is split into two training sessions: April to June and July to September. See below for just some of the tasks you will be preforming in the different sessions.

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Veterans interested either the Focused or General Internship should fill out an application and submit it with a resume to Lyndsey Antanitis via mail or email to
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