BFRDP Projects

“Supportive, Small Scale, Basic Livestock, Financial Skills and Risk Management Training for Beginning Veteran Farmers Program”
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $712,500
Grant Program: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Michael O'Gorman


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Project Overview

In our first year of the project, we has created a national peer network that develops, provides, and facilitates access to training, education, internships, mentorships, jobs, financial and market opportunities for beginning farmer veterans. We combine new small scale livestock production and business planning materials with existing core tools previously created through Risk Management Agency grants known as the One Page Business/Financial Plan, One Page Monthly Cash Flow Budget, and One Page Risk Management Plan. These tools have been adapted to explain small scale pork and pastured poultry production business, small scale honeybee, grass fed beef, lamb, goat and vegetable business models.  The second year has seen growth in our membership and peer networking.

Farmer Veteran Coalition completed the twenty seven workshops focusing on small scale livestock and vegetable production, risk management and financial education.  We have incorporated the new training materials into the workshops that target these farmer veterans and their specific livestock and assist them in refining their own financial, production, risk management and business plans.  During the second year we held nine workshop webinars that focused production and business planning.  Our most successful focused on starting a farm from scratch: land assessment.  Over 140 veterans tuned into this webinar.

One of the six workshops specifically focused on developing, supporting and educating women farmer veterans has been conducted at the Stone Barns Center in March 2016. The women were educated on the production, financial and risk management components of small scale livestock/vegetable operations. The Empowering Women Veterans Conference in 2017 consisted of twelve hours of workshops in Santa Rosa, California.  This successful event saw many female farmer veterans bonding together to share their experiences and strength.

Number of Participants: 3679


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