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Farm Ops Trainings for Veterans Go Virtual for 2020

By Anna Birn / July 1, 2020

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, farming hasn’t stopped and neither has the work of our Farm Ops project. Due to current restrictions to in-person workshops, Farm Ops is offering virtual workshops through February 2021. These workshops have been adapted from our typical hands-on trainings, providing learning and engagement opportunities while participants complete the workshops remotely. Participants…

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In the News: Koyanagi Describes Farm Ops Partnerships, Support Across NYS

By Kelsie Raucher / March 2, 2020

With a recent expansion of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s “VA Farms” project, the Bath, NY VA Medical Center, will now be a second location for the project’s offerings. Our veterans project associate, Dean Koyanagi, was interviewed by WETM18 and provided insight on farmer-veteran programs.  The Canandaigua VA contracted our Farm Ops project to deliver…

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Farm Ops Project to Continue Event Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Kacey Deamer / February 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Farm Ops project will be continuing its series of training workshops for veterans interested in agriculture throughout 2020. Opportunities include twelve single-day focused trainings, as well as connecting participating veterans to additional regional training opportunities, print material, and online resources tailored to each individual’s interests. These events are…

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In the News: Farm Ops Featured in Veteran’s Day Podcast

By Kelsie Raucher / November 15, 2019

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) podcast Extension Out Loud sat down with our own Dean Koyanagi to discuss the myriad programs and resources available to veterans interested in agriculture. A Marine Corps Veteran himself, Koyanagi joined the Cornell Small Farms Program to lead the Farm Ops project and support fellow veterans. …

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Conference Spotlight: SFP Presenting in Early 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / December 3, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be attending several conferences in early 2019. From presentations of our research to special events, you can connect with the our team and fellow farmers at the conferences listed below. New York State Vegetable Growers Association  2019 Empire State Producer’s Expo Reduced Tillage Project: Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell, &…

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In the News: Farm Ops Featured this Veteran’s Day

By Kelsie Raucher / November 16, 2018

The Farm Ops project of the Cornell Small Farms Program provides expertise and community for veterans interested in agriculture across New York State. Connecting veterans with the Armed to Farm conference is often a first step in providing agricultural training and farm tours. If veterans want to make the transition into farming, the Small Farms Program…

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Farm Tour Brings Veteran Families to Wind Swept Meadows

By Kacey Deamer / September 24, 2018

For veterans and military families interested in learning about a variety of farming techniques and farm business management, tours of working farms can offer important insight and inspiration. On September 19, 2018, a farm tour was held at Wind Swept Meadows Farm in Watertown, NY. The tour was hosted by the Small Farms Program (SFP)…

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Operation Mountain Grown: Veterans Growing Food, Jobs and Futures in Coal Country

By Suzanne Pender / July 2, 2018

For a remote, mountainous area in West Virginia, McDowell County has gotten a lot of attention lately. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain filmed a segment of his television show there, and West Virginia native Elaine McMillion Sheldon, filmed her Peabody Award winning documentary “Hollow” there (her recent documentary short “Heroin(e),” also based in West…

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Veterans and Their Families

Veterans and Their Families Learn about Local Agriculture Straight from the Farmer’s Mouth

By Alyssa Couse / January 8, 2018

Attendees toured Cross Island Farms to gain inspiration from a diverse farm operation. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County recently hosted its second farm tour for veterans, active duty military and families.  The first tour was held back in May at Center Dale Farm, which is a veteran owned and run Angus beef farm.  This…

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2017 NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

By Dean Koyanagi / October 6, 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program and New York Farmer Veteran Coalition will be hosting a celebration of our state’s farmer veterans in Syracuse, NY on Nov 29th. The 2017 New York State Veterans in Agriculture Conference will take place from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Arts & Home Center at the New York State…

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