Continue to serve with a rewarding career in organic agriculture.

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

Program Highlights

  • Flexible
  • Paid
  • Typically 2-4 months
  • Learn from experts
  • Housing stipend for relocation
  • 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.

Choose Your Location

Veterans can select their training site from among these options:

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

Vegetable production

Composting

Orchard maintenance

Soil health

Beekeeping

Machinery and equipment use

Greenhouse and high tunnel production

Research

Marketing

Learn More

Apply

Thank you to everyone who applied for our 2021 season! Applications for this year are now closed. We will begin accepting new applicants for the 2022 season in September 2021.

For more information, please email Veterans@RodaleInstitute.org or call 610-683-1442. 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.

View the 2022 application

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Veteran Programs Manager

Justin Barclay

Justin oversees and manages all facets of the veterans participating in the Veteran Farmer Training Program as well as coordinating the educational component of the Rodale Institute Farmer Training program, and assisting the Education Department with managing the Virtual Campus. He served for six years on active duty in the US Army including a deployment to Afghanistan and an overseas tour in Germany. Justin currently lives on a small horse farm in Carbon County.

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