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Best Practices: On the Farm

The Intervale

The Intervale

The Intervale Center seeks to nurture and sustain farms, land, and people. We manage 350 acres of farmland, nursery, trails, and wildlife corridors along the Winooski River in Burlington, Vermont. We share what we learn and do with others across our state and around the country.

Farmer-Veteran Coalition Heals Vets Down on the Organic Farm

TAKE PART: Farmer-Veteran Coalition Heals Vets Down on the Organic Farm
What if there were a way to help our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans re-enter society and find a career they loved that also healed the trauma of combat?

Michael O'Gorman, one of the pioneers of the organic food movement and founder of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, may have done just that—through the rejuvenating power of growing delicious and healthy food.

A father of a young veteran, O'Gorman started the Farmer-Veteran Coalition after he learned that many men and women from rural and farming communities were entering the army. When they came back, they were left with trauma and a lack of employment opportunities.

O’Gorman says, "We thought, not only can we help them find jobs, new ways to farm and rejuvenate the income in rural America, we could also help solve America’s need for more farmers and for food security.”

The idea is working . . .

Center for Rural Affairs - Land Link Service

The Center's Land Link program serves to increase opportunities for beginning farmers while encouraging good stewardship. Computer data base matching and consulting services bring beginning farmers and landowners together. Retirement planning, beginning farmer financing, farm business, and environmental assessment information is used to assist in transferring family operations to a new generation of farmers and ranchers.
Center for Rural Affairs - Land Link Service

Joel Salatin: Author, Environmentalist, Capitalist & Lunatic Farmer

Saturday, March 8 - 7pm
Lecture:An Evening with Joel Salatin
Perdue Hall, Bennett Family Auditorium, Salisbury University
Best-selling author and sustainable farming guru Salatin is a third generation farmer and author of eight books. His farm achieved iconic status when featured in Michael Pollans Omnivores Dilemma and the award winning film documentary Food Inc. Salatin has been described by The New York Times as Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library and the Environmental Studies Department.
more information contact Rachael Stein at 410-742-1537



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