BFRDP Projects

Arcadia`s Veteran Farmer Program
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $597,124
Grant Program: 2017 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Matt Mulder
Email: matt@arcadiafood.org
Organization: Arcadia Food, Inc.

 

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Project Overview

Based in Fairfax County, Virginia, but pulling from expertise and farms across Northern and Central Virginia and the National Capital Region, Arcadia's Veteran Farmer Program (VFP) brings together regional nonprofits, agricultural organizations, veterans, and experienced farmers - including veterans who have made a successful transition to farming - to provide a practical farmer training and development program that launches veterans into new careers in agriculture.

Arcadia's program is distinguished by its lifecycle support of new veteran farmers. It works to increase the number of veterans beginning new careers in agriculture and the likelihood of their success by providing them with farming skills; business development and management training; ongoing technical support; assistance with finding and accessing land; and then market support, including an optional, wholesale contract with Arcadia. The VFP provides continued support as our new farmers launch their careers, through ongoing mentorships from, and networking with, the business, agriculture, and veteran communities.

The VFP increases the number of veterans beginning new careers in agriculture and increases the likelihood of their success. The VFP is very effective and can be replicated in other regions. Through this grant, the VFP will train 51 military veterans with the goal of producing 25 new farmers operating businesses throughout the project period. In 2017-2018, the program has actively trained and supported 33 military veterans, active duty military, and their spouses. Since August 2017, we have trained and support 7 veterans who are already farming; and prepared 26 people to begin to farm, 11 of whom have started new farming operations. 

Number of Participants: 33

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