Farm Ops Offering Veteran Learning Cohort Workshops

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped farmers from farming, nor has it stopped the work of our Farm Ops project to support veterans interested in agriculture. Last year we started offering virtual workshops, and we are continuing these offerings through 2021. 

Our Farm Ops project’s “Veteran Learning Cohorts” bring together a group of veterans interested in agriculture progressing through an educational workshop together. Military veterans currently enrolled or eligible for enrollment into a New York or New Jersey VA facility are welcome to register; proof of residency and veteran status may be requested.

These three workshops will be a combination of self-paced learning and cohort discussion sessions. These discussion sessions provide opportunities to collaborate with peers and enhance your learning experience. As you advance through the workshop with others, cohort discussion sessions provide structure in the form of set session dates, approximately every two weeks for a total of three online cohort discussion sessions. As you engage with your cohort members, you will be exposed to new careers, opinions, experiences, and ideas. Because you may have similar interests, goals, and/or experiences as some of your peers, being part of a cohort makes it easier to further network and build relationships.

Registration is now open, and closes on March 8, 2021. Click on the workshop name to register. Please review the dates and commit to attending the cohort discussion sessions. 

Berry Production

March 26, April 9, and April 23, at 7:00 p.m.


Season Extension with High Tunnels

March 29, April 12, and April 26 at 7:00 p.m.


Introduction to Maple Syrup Production

March 31, April 14, and April 28 at 7:00 p.m.

After registration closes, you will receive an email that will provide you with access to workshop materials and to zoom links for the Cohort Discussion Sessions.

We recommend that you read the Zoom Participant’s Guide and view the Navigating in Teachable video once you have access to the materials. On March 18 we will hold a technical support session to answer any questions on how to navigate the workshop materials and other questions you may have. Watch for an email invite to this the day prior.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Communications Manager for the Cornell Small Farms Program. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.