WASHINGTON, Spokane CD – Since the Spokane Conservation District founded the Vets on the Farm program in Spokane County in 2015, the program has expanded into six other counties in Washington and worked with roughly 200 veterans.
The program also recently partnered with My Fresh Basket, a grocery store at 1030 S. Summit Parkway, to sell the farm’s produce, says conservation district director Vicki Carter, and it’s planning to be organic certified by next year.
She says the military and farming share a symbiotic relationship, and veterans already know similar skills to those needed in agriculture. “The structure, the formality of it, the rhythm of it, the methodology—all of that transfers to agriculture very seamlessly,” she says.
Vets on the Farm primarily teaches U.S. military veterans agricultural principles with the intent to help them break into the industry. Some services of the program include an incubator farm in Spokane County, teaching sessions, and technical assistance, she says.