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•  May 20 - 21, 2016

• Lakota Ranch
     9272 Big Horn Rd
     Remington, VA 22734

• Early Registration (single): $110 until May 15 then $125

• Early Registration (couple): $170 until May 15 then $185

Saturday only option: $35 (includes lunch)

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The two-day workshop fee includes all conference materials and activities, lunch Friday and Saturday and a Friday cocktail reception and dinner featuring Heritage Devon beef

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From Service to Stewardship

From Service to Stewardship

A Workshop for Veterans on Farming with Heritage Breeds of Livestock and Poultry

May 20 - 21, 2016, Remington, VA

How can you celebrate Heritage Breeds Week and Armed Forces Day at the same time?
Attend or sponsor From Service to Stewardship a two-day intensive workshop that will help transform today’s military veterans into tomorrow’s successful farmers.

Join The Livestock Conservancy, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Lakota Ranch, in northern Virginia, for a workshop to help educate military service veterans about rare breed animal and poultry options for farming enterprises that can significantly influence the probability of success.

Friday: Full-day classroom with local farmers followed by a cocktail party and Heritage Devon barbeque dinner and more demonstrations!

Saturday: On-Farm in-depth programs and Heritage farm visits


Learn how to:

  • Farm with rare breeds
  • Determine farm startup costs and potential income
  • Raise small-market chicken flocks for eggs and broilers
  • Raise and finish Heritage cattle on forage to produce superior quality beef on grass
  • Use a scythe for mowing grass and brush
  • Use a BCS walking tractor to cut, rake, and bale hay on a small-farm scale
  • Use a forecart or logging arch for draft-powered farming and forestry
  • Implement effective rotational grazing practices
  • Make the most of rented land through multi-species grazing, low-cost electric fencing and direct marketing
  • Become an expert at very low technology food growing
  • Find individual answers to the question, “What’s the next step?”

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“I learned how to catch and halter a sheep, giving me confidence I COULD handle sheep. Finding one's passion is critical.” -- Barbara Rosholdt, 2014 workshop attendee from Mineral, VA.
 

Why Veterans?

In 2012 The Livestock Conservancy received a call from Michael O'Gorman, the Executive Director of the Farmer Veteran Coaltion. He indicated that most of the veterans that were contacting the coaltion, wanted to work with heritage breeds. So the Conservancy partnered with the Coalition to organize and hold a workshop in Pittsboro, NC, to provide veterans the education needed to succeed with heritage breed farming. From this The Livestock Conservancy's Service to Stewardship initiative was launched as part of its Train the Next Generation Program. By supporting veterans who raise heritage breeds, The Livestock Conservancy simultaneously serves its own mission of livestock and poultry breed conservation.

Our veterans face many challenges. Some of them struggle to find jobs. Some struggle to find productive ways to reconnect with society. They need time to heal, and a place to do it. With so many of our veterans returning to small communities, many find healing in rural life and farming. The act of raising animals and giving new life is a benefit to our soldiers.
Veterans are also service minded, and want to find new ways to serve their communities. Those that farm want most of all to feed their families and their neighbors. They find that raising endangered breeds of livestock and poultry, is a good way to add yet another form of service by helping save breeds that might otherwise disappear.

“Veterans are especially suited for heritage breed agriculture due to our unique connection with the heritage of our country,” said Althea Raiford, a workshop attendee from Brunswick, Georgia. “For many of us, farming and being in the military is part of our personal heritage and pride in being an American.”