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Newsletter – May 2016

    Boys and their Toys – Thanks to AgrAbility Peacefully Organic Produce just won the lottery.  Due to a 70% disability from two back surgeries while in the military, farmer-veteran Steve Acheson was eligible for funding help through the AgrAbility program. And help he got — a tractor, a water wheel transplanter, a utility vehicle […]

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Young Farmer Land Opportunities & Events

From our friends at the National Young Farmers Coalition whose newsletter  features a selection of land available to lease or buy through land trusts. To learn more about why NYFC works with land trusts, read this blog post. To submit a land opportunity, contact Holly Rippon-Butler. Washington County, NY  — 100-acre farm particularly suitable for grazing with areas […]

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Newsletter – March 2016

  Ground Operations & Veteran Farms Expanding Reach This inviting photo (above) was shared by Southern Farm & Garden magazine, which is featuring a story about Ground Ops and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (“Homegrown by Heroes”) in their Spring issue, now available at Barnes & Noble. (Click here for a Sneak Peak!)  I’m also excited […]

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40 Years of Science Proves Worth of Organic Ag

Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. The review study, “Organic Agriculture […]

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Grange Farm School – Call for Applications by 2/20

The California Grange is a historical organization composed primarily of farmers. I had the good fortune to do a series of Grange screenings last year with the President, Bob McFarland, and he took me to see their resurrected Grange Farm School in Northern California.  A sweeter place would be hard to find – a green, green […]

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Newsletter – January 2016

  Ground Ops Expanding Outreach to More Farmer-Veterans A funny thing happened on our National Film Tour — we learned that veterans and farmers don’t often come out to the movies in town.   So we’re going to them! With your help we’re distributing our DVD with a brand new resource guide,                The […]

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Veteran Underemployment Survey

Farmer-veteran, Morgan Boyd, is a graduate student at the prestigious Ag school, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Morgan is conducting a survey on “Current Conditions Leading to the Recent Increases in Veteran Underemployment.” (Click here to take the survey).  It is intended to be conducted specifically with veterans.  In addition to his graduate work, Morgan […]

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2016 Food & Farming Reading List

What great books have you read recently?  Email titles to me that Ground Operations can offer on our website through Amazon. From our friends at Food Tank: 1. Anubandh by Dr. Ela Bhatt Dr. Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, explores how basic human needs can be met locally to integrate solutions to […]

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Newsletter – December 2015

    Dear Santa … What a wonderful year! We’ve all been very, very good.  Please have your elves stop by these veteran-operated farms and food companies to fill your sleigh this year. Siri Alpaca Yarn Old Homestead Alpacas – 253-232-2853 https://www.etsy.com/shop/OldHomesteadAlpaca $4.50/oz or $30/skein, a variety of colors & blends. Siri Alpaca yarn is […]

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