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Brett & Kristie Lawler

PASA Members Since 2010

Serenity Valley Farm
Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Armstrong County

PASA member Brett Lawler in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, was recently named a Newman’s Own Innovator in Agriculture Fellow through the national Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship Fund. This year, he plans to use his award to construct a high-tunnel on his farm to extend his growing season and improve his poultry and rabbit production. His long-term vision for Serenity Valley Farm is to grow the operation to support the employment of military veterans on the farm.

As Brett explains, “Sustainable agriculture is a powerful way for veterans to continue serving their country.”  Brett is developing Serenity Valley Farm to not only provide healthy food for his community and steward the land and natural resources, but also to create opportunities for other veterans.  Brett is part of a growing national movement, which recognizes that farming can help heal America’s veterans, and veterans are helping to heal America’s food system.  

On Serenity Valley Farm, Brett and his wife Kristie, are working from scratch and learning as they go to create a sustainable vegetable farm on land that was never farmed before.  For them, sustainability means establishing systems that keep resource-scarcity in mind by limiting their dependence on non-renewable inputs and building the soil in natural ways.  

Attending some of PASA’s Farm-Based Education programs and getting to see what other people are doing on their farms has helped to reinforce all the reading and research they are doing and gives them new ideas to try.  Soon, Brett and Kristie will be sharing the skills and systems that they develop on their farm to help other people get started farming.

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