Farm Ops

Project Leads: Nina Saeli, Bailey Colvin

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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.

 

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Farm Ops News and Updates

Veteran Registration for the Free In-Person Workshop “Exploring Culinary and Medicinal Herbs”

By Bailey Colvin | May 31, 2022

Would you like to expand your use of culinary and medicinal herbs? Join the Farm Ops team, Nina and Bailey, at Centurion Farm, LLC in Locke, NY on August 20,…

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Veteran Virtual “Growing and Using Herbs” Workshop

By Nina Saeli | April 19, 2022

This application is closed. Please view our Farm Ops Event Series page to see upcoming opportunities for veterans.  

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Farm Ops Expanding to Reach Military Veterans

By Nina Saeli | April 4, 2022

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s veterans in agriculture project is working with local Cornell Cooperative Extensions to in-person workshops. For the first time since March 2020, when the COVID pandemic…

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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.