BFRDP Projects

Arcadia`s Veteran Farmer Program
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $597,124
Grant Program: 2017 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Matt Mulder
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. 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 aimed to train 51 military veterans with the goal of producing 25 new farmers operating businesses throughout the project period. From 2017-2020, the program actively trained and supported 84 military veterans, active duty military, and their spouses. Of those 84 trainees, 42 have already started to farm and another 26 continue train and develop as beginning farmers.   

Number of Participants: 101


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