Farm Ops

Project Leads: Nina Saeli, Bailey Colvin

There are approximately 19 million U.S military veterans, representing less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population. New York State is home to over 800,000 of that military veteran population. Not commonly known and understood, military service members have unique skill sets, which easily transfer to several agricultural or horticulture vocations.

Farm Ops provides the means for veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and members of the national guard to explore agricultural and horticulture avenues. These individuals may be seeking prospects to be their own boss, paths to connect with the soil or with nature, ventures to continue to serve the community in which they work and live, or just opportunities to connect with other veterans. Whatever their interests, Farm Ops aims to serve and support the men and women of NYS, who dedicated their lives in service and support of our nation.

Mission: To support military service members and veterans who desire to explore and/or pursue agricultural vocations.

Vision:

  • Provide a framework within which veterans can connect with their community, other military veterans involved in agriculture, and resources including targeted programs, information networks, and organizations oriented towards helping veterans transition to agricultural vocations.
  • Grow the relationships between Farm Ops and the NYS military/veteran communities.
  • Assist in synchronizing the efforts of veteran service/support organizations and farmer-oriented service organizations to gain efficiencies and better align services to farmer veteran needs.

 

Sign up for the NYS Veterans in Agriculture Listserv

Would you like to receive periodic email about events and opportunities for veterans in agriculture? Farm Ops and our partners will be using this forum to publicize events, resources, and opportunities related to veterans interested in farming in NYS.

 To SUBSCRIBE  

  1. Choose the email address with which you want to subscribe to the list.
  2. Send a message to NYVETSAG-L-request@cornell.edu from the email address you’d like to use for your list subscription.
  3. Do not put anything in the subject line.
  4. Type the word “join” (without quotations) in the body of the message.
  5. Hit send.

Farm Ops News and Updates

Farm Ops Offering Veteran Scholarships to the Forage and Pasture Management Workshop

By Nina Saeli | February 7, 2023

Do you want to get the most out of your pastures and hayfield?  Farm Ops offers support to veterans interested in attending the 2023 Forage and Pasture Management Workshop through…

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Weaving on a Tapestry Loom

By Sarah Bassman | January 17, 2023

You are applying to attend the in-person workshop on Weaving on a Tapestry Loom being held on February 25, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will accept applications…

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Building a Loom with Upcycled Material: A Virtual Seminar for Military Veterans

By Sarah Bassman | December 15, 2022

Are you raising animals or growing plants for fiber? Have you considered making value added products using wool or other fibers? It is often assumed that weaving takes an incredible amount…

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About Nina Saeli

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Nina joined the Small Farms Program in 2020 after five years of collaboration with the program as a beginning farmer.  She works to support both current and future farmer-veteran programming efforts. Nina's transitioning from almost 20 years of military service into the civilian community helps to inform the program on how of some of the physical, social, and psychological challenges veterans face. Nina's work aims to help transitioning veterans find solace in aspect of agriculture that supports that veterans health, self sustainability, community inclusion or other life goals.

About Bailey Colvin

Bailey Colvin

Bailey joined the Small Farms Program in 2022. Being a military wife, she has a fond appreciation for the sacrifices that our veterans, active-duty military members, and families make for our country. Her primary goal is to get to know our veterans, their backgrounds, and what transferable skills they carry from their military careers. She works to effectively support the lifestyle change they are seeking. The education, training, and resources provided afford our veterans many opportunities to explore their interests with purposeful connections to their communities through agriculture and farming.