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WA Farmland Trust network that helps farmers find the land opportunities they need to grow their businesses, and help landowners sell or lease their land to keep it in farming by providing personalized technical assistance.
Orting Veterans Farm
16 farm plots leased to veteran agriculture producers
9 veterans enrolled in business agriculture training programs
3 veterans enrolled in whole farm training program
3 veteran interns enrolled from Orting Soldiers Home campus (Transitional Housing Program or Tiny Home Village)
5 veterans volunteered from the Orting THP or Tiny Home Village
2,540 pounds of fresh, organic produce given away at weekly free produce stand on Orting Soldiers Home campus
Veterans in Agriculture Pilot Program
222 trainings and outreach provided
45 veterans enrolled
1,079 veterans reached by the program
956 community members reached by the program
5 veterans found paid temporary, permanent, or non-paid (volunteer, internship, etc.) employment in agriculture
The Orting Veterans Farm cultivates thriving Veteran farmers!
The Orting Veterans Farm, is situated on the WA State Department of Veterans Affairs' Soldiers Home campus in the Orting Valley. This is a place where veterans can lease fertile farmland, connect with and learn from other veteran farmers, attend trainings and workshops, and volunteer to grow food for the community. We have an onsite farm manager that guides and supports veterans in creating and attaining their agricultural goals.
Veterans interested in leasing farmland at the Veterans Farm pay an annual fee of $25 for a quarter-acre plot or $50 for a half-acre plot, which includes access to irrigation, a community greenhouse, community tools, and cold storage. These resources allow the production of row crops, orchards, and small livestock farming.
As part of the Veterans Conservation Corps, veteran-owned small businesses can receive assistance with grants. Partnerships with Enterprise for Equity (https://www.enterpriseforequity.org/) and Washington State University Cultivating Success (https://foodsystems.wsu.edu/cultivating-success/) provide added support to veterans seeking to start their own farming operation.
Check the WDVA Calendar for Upcoming classes!