Continue to serve with a rewarding career in organic agriculture.

Are you a military veteran ready for a change? Learn how to 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
  • 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.

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

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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


Orchard maintenance

Soil health

Machinery and equipment use

Greenhouse and high tunnel production




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For more information, please email 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. Download the application


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Veteran Programs Manager

Justin Barclay

Justin oversees students, curriculum and all resources for the Delaware Valley University Organic Farming Certificate Program summer semester at Rodale Institute and coordinates all facets of the veterans participating in the Veteran Farmer Training Program. He served in the US Army for six years 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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