Brett Lawler
After serving as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Army for 8 years, Brett and his wife decided to expand their garden to a farm, which is now known as Serenity Valley Farm.  Brett believes that, ”[a]s a veteran farmer, [he has] the opportunity to grow instead of destroy, to nourish instead of injure.” Farming is a way for Brett to heal his wounds of war and give back to his community.     Brett grows Certified Naturally Grown vegetables and fruit trees, as well as two heads of cattle. Over the past two seasons, Brett has sold his vegetables through a small CSA and at a farm stand at the local Veterans Memorial Center.  Due to a high demand for locally raised meat products in his area, Brett plans to expand his operation to include meat rabbits and broiler hens.  The manure from both of these animals will create nutrient rich compost that can then be spread in the vegetable fields to help improve the condition of the soil.     The grant through the Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship Fund has allowed Brett to purchase a hoop house, which protects the animals year-round and also offers space for starting vegetable transplants. Brett was chosen for the Innovators in Agriculture grant from Newman’s Own Foundation because of his sustainable growing practices and his inclusion of a dual rabbit and broiler hen operation. Brett is not afraid of pushing the boundaries on traditional agriculture and finding best practices for his agroecosystem.
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    In conjunction with National Ag Day, Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced the launch of "Geared to Give," a new program in partnership with Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) that will provide financial support and donated Kubota equipment to U.S. military veterans pursuing a career in farming. Kubota and FVC jointly launched their partnership today at the California State Capitol in Sacramento during the Department of Food and Agriculture's Ag Day festivities. 

    Beginning this Spring, FVC will select qualified veterans who are pursuing a future in farming to receive donated Kubota equipment and other support for their respective farming operations. Farmer veterans who are FVC fellowship members can apply for the "Geared to Give" program and be considered for the donated equipment. Kubota has selected its versatile and efficient Standard L-Series compact tractors, which are proudly built in the U.S., to meet the varying needs of many small- and medium-sized farming operations.

    "Kubota and the Farmer Veteran Coalition share a belief in the future of farming and the future of America's veterans," said Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president of sales, marketing, and product support. "Our philanthropic mission is to 'power and empower those who move the earth.' We do this by providing equipment and funding to organizations that help people who work with the earth in ways that help our communities thrive - that is why we're proud to support FVC and their farmer veteran members:  they need support to make their dreams of a career in farming a reality, and Kubota is honored to answer their call."

    Based in Davis, Calif., FVC is cultivating a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and developing viable employment opportunities and meaningful careers for the veterans through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC believes that food production offers purpose and opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits for all veterans. FVC works with veterans from all military branches, their families, employers, and mentors to support those returning to or beginning careers in food and farming.

    "We mobilize veterans to feed America through funding, equipment, counseling and resources to help guide the passion of our veterans so that they may earn for themselves a meaningful, finacially sustainable place in the agricultural community," said Michael O'Gorman, executive director of FVC. "We are deeply committed to leveraging our work through a network of partnerships with companies like Kubota, which allows us to more effectively connect the right resources to the veterans who most need support, particularly those in the onset of their civilian careers."

    For more information about the "Geared to Give" program, visit www.KubotaCares.com. To learn more about FVC, visit www.farmvetco.org.

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