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Three more Farmer Veterans have been accepted into FVC’s Fellowship Fund


Davis, CA March 2012—TheFarmer Veteran Coalition(FVC) has added three veterans to the Fellowship Fund program, to support their farm businesses and ease their transition into agriculture. The Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship Fund is a program that assists veterans starting their food and farming careers through mentorships, donated equipment and supplies, and small grants. In addition to the small grants, FVC provides veterans with personal assistance through farming and financial mentorships.


Justen, an Army veteran and current National Guardsman, owns and operates Veteran Compost LLC, the only permitted facility in Maryland for composting food waste and the only producer in that state of vermicompost and compost worms. Justen hopes to establish additional composting facilities across the East Coast and hire veterans to run these satellite facilities. An innovator in agriculture, Justen is one of FVC’s first Newman’s Own Veteran Innovators in Agriculture (NOVIA ) award recipients.


Army veteran Brett operates Serenity Valley Farm, outside Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife grow vegetables, fruit trees and are starting a beef cattle herd. Due to a high demand for locally raised meat products in his area, Brett plans to expand his operation to include meat rabbits and broiler hens. The NOVIA grant has allowed Brett to purchase a hoop house, which will protect the animals year round and also offer space for starting vegetable transplants.


Anna served eight years in the Army before beginning Chestnut Ridge Farm in North Carolina. Chestnut Ridge Farm is a 10-acre family farm comprised of a fruit and nut orchard that integrates pork, chicken and turkeys into their agro-ecosystem. As our first female fellow in the 2012 Bob Woodruff Grant, Anna will receive assistance to purchase fencing for her orchard and finance a water management project.


The Farmer Veteran Coalition is a national organization connecting military veterans with opportunities for employment, training, and places to heal on America’s farms. Parties interested in providing support to the fellowship or general support to FVC can reach us or call (530)-756-1395.



Farmer-Veteran Coalition, 508 2 nd Street, Suite 206, Davis, CA 95616 is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.