BFRDP Projects

Going Whole Hog: Sustainable Livestock and Agroforestry Training for Military Veterans
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $599,684
Grant Program: 2020 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Anne Fanatico
Organization: Appalachian State University


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Project Overview

Military veterans have made great sacrifices and need our support in transitioning to civilian life upon completion of their service. At the same time, more farmers are needed in the U.S., especially those with a focus on ecological production. Farming can offer a meaningful livelihood to veterans while helping them reconnect to communities and the land. Community-based food systems can also help to ensure that consumers have equitable access to healthy local food. Appalachian State University is leading a project, Going Whole Hog: Sustainable Livestock and Agroforestry Training for Military Veterans, to help military veterans and other beginning farmers enter farming and farm sustainably.
In three years of grant-funded work, we have:
- Developed a Frontline to Farm website and new powerpoint-based training modules focused on livestock
- Hosted the Armed to Farm training, held Frontline to Farm training, held Advanced alumni training
- Supported internships for veteran mentoring to help support beginning farmers learning
- Provided scholarships to 114 veterans for Agroforestry Academy and other sustainable agriculture meetings
- Held tours of Appalachian State University's farm for veterans interested in farming
- Added a new focus on urban agriculture
- Built networks and helped increase understanding of those working with veteran in agriculture.
-Built community with social media (Facebook page and Instagram)
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Number of Participants: 65867


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