Posts by Nina Saeli

Nina retired from active duty in 2009. She and her husband, Jeffrey, own and operate Centurion Farm in Locke, NY. Nina also now works with the Cornell Small Farms Program as coordinator of our Farm Ops project supporting veterans in agriculture.
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Farm Ops’ Cohort Learning Sessions Bring Veterans Together to Talk Ag

By Nina Saeli / July 4, 2022

During the Small Farm Program’s online course season, Farm Ops, our military veteran project, provided veterans with free enrollment into select on-line courses and conducted veteran learning cohort sessions to supplement the course material. It is commonly known that military veterans are drawn towards opportunities to learn and train together, but in early 2020 when…

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A Community Wide Call to Veterans

By Nina Saeli / July 20, 2020

As you reflect on your community and your role in that community, think of how you can best serve during this time of pandemic crisis.   Army veterans are considered ‘Soldiers for Life’, and we have been charged with the mission to ‘Tell the Army Story’. No matter your branch of service, Army, Navy, Air…

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Veterans’ Reflections on Farms Ops

By Nina Saeli / January 13, 2020

Farming was a career changing decision for Nina Saeli.  Editor’s Note: In this new series of essays, veterans who have participated in our Farm Ops program will be sharing their experiences in service, in farming, and in life. There are many things the average person does not understand about military service, and for those of us who…

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