More than 250 growers in more than 40 states are using the “Homegrown by Heroes” label. Calvin Riggleman, who grows vegetables and fruit in West Virginia, is the first to use the labels in his state. Riggleman sells his produce at farmers’ markets with the label, “It has a soldier – a silhouette saluting – and it just says ‘Homegrown by Heroes.’ People come to the farmers market and see the logo and you don’t even have to explain anything. They just see that and they know, like, ah, this is a veteran farmer.” Continue Reading ““Homegrown by Heroes” label program growing”»
The days at Talmar Gardens start early. At 6:00 a.m., crews troop to the horticultural therapy center in Baltimore County to water, stake and trellis by hand, growing bushels of vegetables and some 5,000 flowers a week for sale to restaurants, supermarkets, florists and others. It’s a regimen that founder Catherine Murphy, a former special education teacher, has seen supply physical and mental benefits to hundreds of people with disabilities and special needs, not to mention the center’s many volunteers, since she started Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland — Talmar — in 1998. Now she plans to expand the offerings, starting with a job training program for military veterans.
I’d like to think that Farm Credit’s Salute to Farmer Veterans has something in common with the salutes exchanged in their military careers: that our salute is a privileged gesture of respect and trust.
I understand that a salute is also a way to focus attention on what is going to happen next. After the salute occurs, there are likely to be some very specific instructions about what will be done next. You could say that a salute is the first step in communicating a plan for the future.
Chad Tackett left the Army in 2012 after 22 years and four deployments and has been pursuing farming ever since. His wife is also a veteran and their son is currently serving. Chad has purchased 200 acres of a ‘slightly run-down’ farm outside Augusta, Georgia. Joining Chad as he clears fields and builds fences is Charles “Chuck” Jones. Chuck left the Army in 2014 and though he doesn’t own land, he does own a tractor and some equipment and has been helping Chad prepare the farm for cattle.
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.
A resource guide from the American Farm Bureau Federation encourages a smooth transition for military veterans seeking employment in the agricultural industry.
The new resource guide is created through a partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition. The two organizations have combined efforts to assist military veterans planning a career in agriculture and the resources are likely to appeal to a large percentage of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.