ABOUT US

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Veteran Farmers of America or “VFA” is an organization that connects veterans to agriculture in many ways. One way we introduce veterans to farming is by providing paid internships at a variety of the nation’s leaders in agriculture. Future programs are to include a veteran-operated farm and a scholarship program. VFA was founded to help veterans with the transition from active duty to civilian life. Our hope is to help veterans heal, reintegrate, and become productive members of society. The benefit to the veterans will be helping them transition from protecting their country to providing their fellow Americans with food, which will undoubtedly continue to give them a sense of contribution and fulfillment.

Farming will offer veterans the opportunity to continue their quest and substantial desire to give back, which we hope will improve their emotional wellbeing. Veterans are 1% of the population, but represent 20% of the suicide rate in America. Military families will benefit greatly by being part of a team of professionals dedicated to safely and sustainably producing the crops that feed America. The farms will benefit as veteran recruits will help solve the current labor shortage. The benefit to the farmers will be finding employees who are accustomed to working in austere conditions for long periods of time. Farming is not only fulfilling; it is hard physical labor and veterans are up for the challenge. We hope to fight the increase in veteran unemployment and suicide. With the support of the community, veteran Farmers of America can change lives.

SEEAG is a non-profit organization dedicated to agricultural education and is the founding organization of the VFA.


OUR TEAM

Mary Maranville

Mary Maranville

Co-Founder

 

Mary Maranville

Lawrence Parkhill

VFA  Co-Founder

 

Mary Maranville

Julie Sardonia

Program Director

 

WHO WE ARE?

VFA was founded to help veterans with the transition from active duty to civilian life. Our hope is to help veterans heal, reintegrate and become productive members of society. The benefit to the veterans will be helping them transition from protecting their country to providing their fellow Americans with food, which will undoubtedly continue to give them a sense of contribution and fulfillment. Please contactjuliesardonia@vetfarm.org for more information.

FROM MISSION PRODUCE

“I believe that in hiring a vet, we are bringing on an individual that will have some skills, a strong degree of discipline, experience working with people, can take orders, or in higher level cases, give orders. We will be starting with experience in the basics as a minimum, rather than starting with a totally green individual. That saves us a few years immediately”

-Steve Barnard

CEO Mission Produce, Mission Produce

SUCCESS STORIES