Continue to serve with a rewarding career in organic agriculture.

Are you a military vet ready for a change? Learn how to farm while you farm. The Veteran Farmer Training program with Rodale Institute will prepare you for a successful career in organic agriculture.

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Program Highlights

  • Flexible
  • Paid
  • 2-4 months
  • Learn from experts
  • Housing or stipend provided
  • Outdoor learning environment
  • 100% hands on

Immersive Learning

Learn through personalized, hands-on experiences and get access to Rodale Institute’s deep network of industry professionals and experts.

Through field trips, workshops, speaking engagements, and more, you’ll learn the fundamentals of organic farming.

This program takes place on our 333-acre certified organic research farm in Kutztown, PA.

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Choose Your Track

General Track

The General track is a flexible, two-month training that provides a broad education in numerous areas of the farm including livestock, vegetable production, treatment-free beekeeping, and more. This option is ideal for veterans wanting to learn the basics of many different topics.

Trainees will receive a stipend and housing allowance,. The program is split into two training sessions: April to June and July to September.

Focused Track

The Focused track allows veterans to participate in either the vegetable production internship, or livestock internship. This option is ideal for veterans who intend to specialize in farm-share style vegetable production or livestock operations.

Veterans who are accepted into the focused track will receive a weekly stipend. The Focused track can be completed in 4-8 months.

student of the veteran farmer training program

Students in the Veteran Farmer Training Program receive hands-on instruction in all areas of farm operations, including tractor safety

Training opportunities include:

Livestock handling

Rotational grazing/pasture management

Vegetable production

Composting

Orchard maintenance

Soil health

Machinery and equipment use

Greenhouse and high tunnel production

Beekeeping

Research

Marketing

Learn More

For more information, please email Veterans@RodaleInstitute.org or call 610-683-1400. In addition to completing an application, interested students will be required to submit a resume along with a copy of their DD 214 Member 4 stating discharge status. Download the application

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