Continue to serve with a rewarding career in organic agriculture.
Military veterans returning from service disproportionately struggle with health issues and unemployment. At the same time, the organic industry is booming—$47 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2017 alone—and many older farmers are preparing to retire. Millions of acres of farmland are poised to change hands in the next decade.
The Veteran Farmer Training program at Rodale Institute was developed to fill this gap. This flexible, 2-4 month, paid opportunity prepares graduates for successful careers in organic.
Personalized & Hands-On
Learn through personalized, hands-on experiences and get access to Rodale Institute’s deep network of industry professionals and experts.
Through field trips, webinars, workshops, speaking engagements, and more, you’ll learn the fundamentals of organic farming.
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, or the option for on-site housing. The program is split into two training sessions: April to June and July to September.