Our military veterans face many challenges. Some of them struggle to find jobs. Some struggle to find productive ways to reconnect with society. They need time to heal, and a place to do it. Many of our veterans return to small communities, where they find healing in rural life and farming. The act of raising animals and building a sustainable future is a benefit to our soldiers.
Veterans are also service minded, and want to find new ways to serve their communities. Those that farm want to feed their families and their neighbors, sustain the land, and find yet another form of service in saving endangered breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.
The Livestock Conservancy’s From Service to Stewardship Workshops provide a two day learning opportunity, connecting veteran-farmers with mentors, and giving established rare breed farmers a chance to bring their knowledge to the next generation.
Experienced farmers share their knowledge on topics such as how to farm with heritage livestock, rotational grazing, safeguarding animal health, processing, and good marketing practices for heritage products. Whether veterans choose to farm to feed their families or for a full-time income, From Service to Stewardship offers learning tracks suited to small and large-scale farm endeavors.
The last workshop took place April 3-7, 2017 in Lexington, VA.
Thank you to all who sponsored!