‘Patriots to Farmers’ is receiving applications for urban farming training

Any veteran who wants to turn his sword into a plow without the cost of pocket now has the opportunity to do so. Houston-based Hope Farms has developed a training program for returning veterans. Now, with federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, veterinarians will receive a full scholarship and livelihood subsidy to facilitate the transition to agriculture.

If you are reading this and are interested, check out the Hope Farms Application page. The group set, which starts October 1, 2021, does not have an application deadline, but there will be more affiliates to come.

Hope Farms is a seven-acre urban farm in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood. It provides not only fresh food to the local community, but also agricultural training for residents and now veterans from across the country.

The course begins with a 12-hour basic training for “growing urban farmers” over 12 weeks. Veterans can acquire all the knowledge they need to transform their home garden into a large urban farmland. The course covers how to sell their wares to restaurants and other markets.

Hope Farms requires a three-month program not only to create patriots who want to provide food for their families, but also to provide horticultural skills that would make urban agriculture a viable option after their military life.

Completing the “Growing Urban Farmers” training course should not be the end of the old urban agricultural training. It opens doors to fields of hope as well as many, more advanced courses, called master classes. These courses take a closer look at other aspects of urban agriculture, including more sophisticated businesses and agricultural courses. Veterans who are interested and competent in the basic training class can attend another 1,520 hours of training for more than nine months.

Some veterans can apply for training in Hope Farms and work on the farm for six months upon completion of their advanced education.

Funding for the program was provided by USAID. Come on, a veteran who participates in a field of hope, from warriors to farmers’ program, never pays for their education. At the top of the scholarship, veterans receive $ 13 per hour for training and work sessions, with incentives up to $ 17 per hour. The master’s courses also come with completion bonuses that are paid at the end of each course.

After the training courses, veterans will be able to join the Hope Farms Agri-Business Incubator program and submit to the Board of Review for business plans that will enable them to participate in the Hope Farms collaboration. Hope Farms Agri-Business Incubator teaches those graduates how to acquire land, supply safe and start small business in agriculture.

If your next group doesn’t fit your schedule, don’t be afraid. Farm of Hope holds four partners each year, in January, April, July, and early October. If you can’t set a deadline for next October, the good news is that everyone is welcome to apply again next year.

Visit the Hope Farms website to learn more about Hope Farms or Fighters for Farmers’ Program. Visit, complete and submit the field application form to apply for the October Team.

– Blake Steelwell can be reached at blake.stilwell@military.com. It can also be found on Twitter @blakestilwell Or on Facebook.

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