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Farmer Veteran Coalition

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Bonus Challenge #5: Help Us Raise the Most This Week!
June 20, 2017

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THE STORY:

Help us help America’s bravest men and women serve our country a second time—by feeding it.    

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Did you know rural families have paid a disproportionately high price in casualties for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did you also know the median age of farmers and ranchers across the nation is 56 years old, and as they reach retirement age, not enough young farmers are stepping up to take their place?

Nearly 10 years ago our director, Michael O’Gorman, set out to solve this problem by organizing a gathering for farmers on California’s Central Coast to talk about creating jobs on America’s farms for our returning veterans. The overwhelming support he received from the farming community at this meeting inspired him to leave behind a 38-year career in production agriculture and start Farmer Veteran Coalition 

With just the shirt on his back and a pick-up truck, Michael spent that first year driving up and down California hoping to connect with as many veterans as possible. Things started off slow, but of the dozen veterans Michael met that year, most went on to launch successful agricultural careers.

Nine years and more than 11,000 veteran members later, we're asking for your help on our mission of Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America.

Since 2008, Farmer Veteran Coalition has been assisting active duty and veteran members of our Armed Forces to embark on careers in agriculture by providing them with the education, resources and small grants necessary to kick-start their farm or find employment in farming.  

Your charitable donation is a direct investment in our veterans and the future of American agriculture. Your gift will be allocated to the following programs:

2/3 will go toward the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund: our small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans in the early stages of launching their farming operations. The Fellowship Fund makes purchases ranging $1,000 to $5,000 from third-party vendors on behalf of the veteran for items that make a critical difference in the launch of their farm. 

  • In 2016, the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund awarded 125 Fellows more than $349,450, including: 
  • 6 wells drilled 
  • 6 barns built 
  • 12 greenhouses built 
  • 20 head of cattle purchased 
  • 40 hogs purchased 
  • 600 hens purchased

1/3 will go toward the Growing Careers Scholarship Program: our scholarship program cultivates new farmers by placing them in full-immersion training programs providing valuable hands-on experience needed to launch a career in agriculture. Each $6,000 gift allows us to fund training for one veteran. 

  • In 2016, the Growing Careers Scholarship Program placed 7 veterans on farms and all 7 transitioned to full-time employment in agriculture. 

$17,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Matt Smiley

    $100

  • Judith Brown

    $50

  • JoHH

    $50

  • dan mayer

    $100

  • Philip Milburn

    $100

  • Keyvan Zahedi

    $150

  • Johnathan Fonoti

    $100

  • Jeff Crosswhite

    $100

  • A Farmer Veteran

    $175

  • ilona kistemaker

    $25

  • Frank Heying & Carol Coren

    $46

  • Matthew McClure

    $50

  • Anza Muenchow

    $50

  • Kate Van Arman

    $100

  • Savannah Sauce Company

     

  • Mark and Alissa Hodel

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Dauntless Wine Cømpany

     

  • SWANTON BERRY FARM

    $100

  • Thomas Spohn

     

  • Cooks Company Produce

    $5,000

  • Lucero Olive Oil

    $185

  • Wes & Lisa W

    $18

  • Justin Tucker

    $25

  • Finn Yarbrough

    $25

  • Mattern Family

     

  • Laura Sorkin

    $100

  • Patty and John Lea

    $50

  • Kyle Silliman-Smith

    $50

  • Lucero Olive Oil

    $65

  • Molly Anderson

    $25

  • Crazy 8 Farm

    $25

  • Harry T Martin

    $100

  • National Navy SEAL Museum, Ft. Pierce, FL

    $250

  • Diane V

    $10

  • Diane V

    $10

  • Diane V

    $10

  • Diane V

    $10

  • Diane V

    $25

  • Diane V

    $10

  • Michael P O'Gorman

    $76

  • Richard G Schuler(RICHESAPIARY)

    $500

  • Gary Matteson

     

  • CMSgt Dan Johnson (USAF,Ret.)

    $25

  • Elaine A. B.

    $100

  • Sweet Genevieve Farm

    $25

  • Dauntless Wine Cømpany

     

  • Alex Woods

    $100

  • Mom

     

  • Chuck Campbell

     

  • Chris & Russ Lary

    $150

  • Aunt Therese & Jack

    $100

  • Dan and Paula Schmidt

    $50

  • Matthew Orchard and Lindsey Berk

    $50

  • Gena Larson

    $50

  • Kim Mercer

    $25

  • Hilary Martin

    $25

  • Donya's Florals, Columbus, OH

    $100

  • June Derr

    $100

  • Erica Campbell

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $230

  • Dan Payne

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Julia Pabis

    $75

  • Dave Cook

    $100

  • Weatherly Schleicher

    $100

  • Andrea Robinette

    $25

  • Leroy Alford

    $100

  • Anna O'Brien

     

  • Chesapeake Green Farms

    $50

  • Todd Stucke

    $100

  • Aaron

    $15

  • Gary Matteson

     

  • Mirtha Villareal-Younger

    $100

  • Sylvia Crockett

    $100

  • Laura Yeager

    $100

  • SC Veterans Alliance

    $420

  • Deborah Walton

    $100

  • June Derr

    $25

  • Katy Budge

     

  • Paul Kanning

    $100

  • Uriah Horn

    $25

  • Michael P O'Gorman

    $25

  • Debbie Smiley

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Lanon Baccam

    $75

  • Alissa Brammer

    $25

  • Diane V

    $100

  • Aiden Wallace

    $100

  • Derrik heinzen

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Caroline Phillips

     

  • Matthew & Alicia Eagan

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • KASBEN VETERANS AND AT RISK KIDS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

    $100

  • Diana Kekule

    $100

  • Janie Hipp

    $100

  • Fred Brittle

    $500

  • Michael O

    $54

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68% Raised of $25,000 Goal

The Team: $17,000 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

FARMER VETERAN COALITION

Amount Raised

$9,497

 

38% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matt Smiley

Amount Raised

$1,786

 

60% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Homegrown By Heroes

Amount Raised

$1,400

Fundraiser Title

Andrea Chandler

Amount Raised

$725

 

73% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jon Turner

Amount Raised

$725

 

145% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Morgan and Eric

Amount Raised

$425

 

57% Raised of $750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance

Amount Raised

$420

 

84% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marvin Frink

Amount Raised

$400

 

80% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Michael O

Michael O

DONATION: $54

Thank you to all our generous supporters 2 months ago

Fred Brittle

Fred Brittle

DONATION: $500

In loving memory of my sweet husband Fred Brittle a proud farmer and Navy veteran. 2 months ago

Janie Hipp

Janie Hipp

DONATION: $100

2 months ago

Diana Kekule

Diana Kekule

DONATION: $100

Matt Smiley is my nephew, and WOW, am I proud! :) Matt, it is a total honor to help this beautiful life-affirming cause. What you are doing here is a Great Gift, not only to deserving veterans, but to All Life. Anything that raises the consciousness of humanity is a Divine Blessing. I Honor and Love You, Aunt Di 3 months ago

KASBEN VETERANS AND AT RISK KIDS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

KASBEN VETERANS AND AT RISK KIDS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

DONATION: $100

IN TRIBUTE TO: Ed and Leona Kasben, E. J. & Lt. Martin S. Frank (US ARMY AIR CORE-WW-2) and SMSGT. Lawrence Butcher (US ARMY-Viet-Nam) 3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $1,000

3 months ago

Matthew & Alicia Eagan

Matthew & Alicia Eagan

DONATION: $1,000

3 months ago

Caroline Phillips

Caroline Phillips

BYOF 3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 months ago

Derrik heinzen

Derrik heinzen

DONATION: $25

3 months ago