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Rodale Institute – Veteran Farming Program
Our primary program is a partnership between Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University. The Organic Farming Certificate Program, http://www.delval.edu/continuing-and-professional-studies/credit-certificate-programs/organic-farming-program, is a program that received a USDA, NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant in December 2014. This program is open to all veterans and civilians who are interested in organic agriculture. Our secondary program, the Veteran Farmer Training Program offers tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance. This program targets the needs of those veterans who are interested in organic agriculture, but are not sure if they want to make a career change into agriculture or who do not want to return to a college setting. This training can occur at Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA or at the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Farm at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Anderson Campus in Easton, PA with training beginning between March and June, 2016. This is a link to the application for this program, http://rodaleinstitute.org/assets/Application-VeteranFarmerTraining-1.pdf. This program is funded through grants received from Newman’s Own Foundation, Wawa, and a donor in the Lehigh Valley who wishes to remain anonymous. This program is exclusive to veterans.
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