Logan Yarbrough | Farmer Veteran

Logan Yarbrough joined the United States Army after high school where he was deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan. After medically retiring from the military he noticed some weak areas in the food system which prompted him to start farming. He believes farming is a way for him to do his part in bettering the food system. 

His first step towards farming was initiating a veteran farm program in Denver, CO. Logan then moved to New York where he attended classes in the sustainable agriculture program at Tompkins County Community College. While in college, Logan connected with us at the Cornell Small Farms Program and learned about the Farmer Veteran Coalition

Logan now owns and operates Blue Spade Farm, a 40-acre meat goat farm in Brooktondale, NY. He chose to farm goats because it is what best suited his land. He has grown to love much about farming, but one of the aspects he appreciates most is the regimented time. He also enjoys working with animals and getting to be outside. In 2017, Logan certified Blue Spade Farm with the “Homegrown by Heroes” label which is the official branding program of farmer veterans in America. 

In a video tour of his farm by the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Logan shares that farming has taught him a few things. “I like goats a lot more than I thought I would, it costs a lot more than I thought it would, and it takes some help,” he says. Logan suggests to other veteran farmers to find a mentor and educate themselves in agriculture before starting a business.

Claire Norman

Claire is a Senior in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She chose an interdisciplinary major where she could blend her passions for small-scale agriculture and education. Claire comes from a small dairy farm in Pine Plains, NY, where she grew an appreciation for the natural environment, but it was through FFA that she developed a passion for education. She hopes to one day bring agriculture to her classroom and to support community agriculture.
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