Maine AgrAbility’s Farmer Veteran Outreach Coordinator can assist you in your next mission of agriculture. We can help beginning farmers, share resources, and help you connect with other farmer veterans. Download the veteran-specific brochure veteran-specific brochure (PDF). We also have developed a Checklist for Veterans Who are Farming to become familiar with informational resources/agencies/organizations in Maine.
Learn how to go from seed to salary with this course for military veterans, their family members, and farmers with a disability interested in growing and selling their own farm produce. Registration for 2021 now open!
USDA Veterans in Agriculture — Thinking about farming as a post-service career? There has never been a more important time to get involved in agriculture. The USDA is working to provide the solutions and partnerships to get you started in farming.
United Farmer Veterans of Maine is a veterans-based non-profit working for the betterment of ALL veterans in Maine. United Farmer Veterans of Maine exists to promote collaboration that advocates, supports and mentors Maine’s military veteran farmers in order to facilitate success in sustainable and secure agriculture throughout our communities in Maine.
On a national level, the National Farmer Veteran Coalition is a resource whose mission is to mobilize veterans to feed America.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) connects to veteran farming resources. Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is an entrepreneurial education initiative as an elective track within the Department of Defense’s revised Training Assistance Program called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS). Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) is an entrepreneurial training program for female veterans of all service eras and branches with a passion for and interest in either starting a new small business or growing an existing one.
Easterseals Maine offers military and Veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts. Their mission is to provide critical and timely financial assistance when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has the Veteran Fund whose goal is to meet immediate needs for veterans and their families, to fill the gap, connect, and move forward.
Guide to Veteran-to-Farmer Training Pilot Program Resources in Maine (#2432) — In 2013, the Maine State Legislature passed LD 409, a “Resolve to Establish a Veteran-to-Farmer Training Pilot Program,” the purpose of which was to capture the richness of opportunities in Maine for veterans to receive comprehensive training and education on careers in the agriculture. This fact sheet will serve as a guide to training and education resources to pursue careers in the agriculture.
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