As part of my role as Agricultural Outreach at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, I help support the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Project initiative called Farm Ops. These efforts provide veterans and active duty military/families with resources for entering the agriculture industry whether it is starting their own farm, working in agribusiness, or working for an existing farm. The agriculture industry is constantly evolving needing cutting edge skills in technology, marketing, management, and mechanics; the very skills veterans and transitions military members have! In addition to resources such as guidebooks, online courses, scholarships, etc., interested persons are encouraged to attend CCE programming free of charge. Thus far, military families have had the opportunity to learn firsthand about farm life though tours to agribusinesses such as Center Dale Farms, Cross Island Farms, Lake Effects Farms, and Igo to the Farm. Outreach is ongoing and continues to build stronger relationships with veteran agencies and help veterans and military families harvest experiences in agriculture.
Last updated November 18, 2019