Farm Ops Opens Next Round of Veteran Learning Cohort Workshops

Our Farm Ops project is continuing to find ways to support veterans interested in agriculture amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recently the project expanded its offering of virtual workshops to “Veteran Learning Cohorts.”

These cohorts bring together a group of veterans interested in agriculture to progress 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.

The upcoming workshops will be a combination of self-paced learning and cohort discussion sessions in May and June. These discussion sessions provide opportunities to collaborate with peers and enhance your learning experience. 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 April 26, 2021. Click on the workshop name to register. Please review the dates and commit to attending the cohort discussion sessions.

Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation

May 19, June 2, and June 16, at 7:00 p.m.


Starting Seeds with the Three Sisters 

May 10, May 24, and June 7, at 7:00 p.m.


Getting Started with Pastured Pigs 

May 14, May 28, and June 11, at 7:00 p.m.

After registration closes, you will receive an email that will provide you with access to workshop materials and 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 May 6th 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.