Newsletter – January 2016

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 Ground Operations Field Manual, to colleges, universities, Farm Credit offices, agricultural groups and veteran service organizations across the country. Audiences love this film, but they all have the same questions at the end:

  • Where can veterans find farmland?
  • How can they pay for it?
  • Is the government helping?
  • Are there other veterans doing this?
  • Who will train them?

Our brand new Ground Operations Field Manual is a launchpad to answers.

Buy the DVD/Manual for yourself ($20), a Vet Center ($100) or a school ($150)

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!Tucked neatly inside every DVD cover are
12 pages of people, places & services:

Jan. 30th, 7:00-9:00pm
Santa Barbara, CA
Rob Barnett, Air Force veteran, speaks
at Pacifica Graduate Institute screening

Pacifica will be celebrating their 40th Alumni Gathering in Santa Barbara, CA with a theme of: Vocation & Service, a Journey of the Soul.  GROUND OPERATIONS is honored to be their featured event for Saturday evening, with a discussion to follow.  Rob will be joined by myself and

Morgan Boyd, farmer-veteran and a grad student

in Public Policy at Cal Poly, who is currently conducting a national survey about veteran underemployment.
(Click here if you are a veteran who can participate in the survey)

Thrive Market
rtners with Ground Operations

We are so thrilled to be working with our Ojai friend, Gunnar Lovelace and his team at Thrive Market, whose mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone.

Buy the DVD & Field Manual
You receive a free membership to the Thrive Market Buyers Club
($60 value) through Ground Operations.  
AND … products are delivered right to your home at 25-50% off retail pricing.
Gotta love it!

Jan. 24th, 10:00a-Noon

                  Portland Expo Center

Join us at the biggest Ag show in the NW for a screening and discussion with Aaron McGill and Rebecca Thistlethwaite.
 Aaron grew up on chicken ranches until he joined the Army after high school, serving 13 years with multiple deployments. He then managed organic farms. He now instructs for the Dept. of Justice and is the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

Rebecca is married to veteran, Jim Dunlop, and farms with him outside of Portland. She is the author of two books: Farms With a Future (Creating a Sustainable Farm Business), and The New Livestock Farmer (Raising & Selling Ethical Meat). Books will be available for sale.


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