Farm Ops

Project Leads: Nina Saeli, Bailey Colvin

VeteranSilo 2hsjwpkThere 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.

 

Join the NYS Farmer Veteran Email List

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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Bailey joined the Small Farms Program in 2021 as a veterans project associate with Farm Ops. She has a fond appreciation for the sacrifices that our veterans, active-duty military members, and their families make for our country as many close to her have served. Her work supports veterans who wish to explore or further their agricultural ventures with educational resources, training, and opportunities to network with other farmer veterans. Her goal is that veterans ultimately find a renewed sense of purpose through agriculture in their communities.