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Veterans Day Observance at DelVal

Oct 05, 2016

military boots in a field

Credit: Allure West Studios. Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University partner to offer a program that prepares students for careers in organic farming. The 36-credit program is open to both military veterans and nonveterans, but has attracted a lot of veterans looking to transition into civilian careers in agriculture. 

Delaware Valley University and the Doylestown Food Co-Op are pleased to present a screening of a documentary about military veterans pursuing careers in agriculture entitled, "Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields." The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the University's Life Sciences Building auditorium.

There will be a panel discussion following the film showing. The panel includes:  the Filmmaker/Director Dulanie Ellis and two local military veterans who are farming.

"Ground Operations," is an award-winning documentary and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. The campaign is aimed at helping military veterans who are interested in farming get started and build their resources. Ground Operations works to support veterans so that they can create healthy new lives for themselves and delicious food security for communities across the U.S.

Events feature a robust conversation about local food and farming. Proceeds from the Doylestown Food Market's quarterly "Farm Fresh Film Series" directly support the organization's nonprofit educational initiatives in the community. The educational programs serve to promote the benefits of eating local and healthy foods, personal health, sustainable living, and protecting the environment.

Rodale Institute and DelVal partner to offer a program that prepares students for careers in organic farming. The 36-credit program is open to both military veterans and nonveterans, but has attracted a lot of veterans looking to transition into civilian careers in agriculture. To learn more about the program, please visit: delval.edu/organic.

"Careers in agriculture have been a popular option for people looking to transition from the military to civilian careers," said DelVal's Organic Farming Program Coordinator Emily Boell. "Veterans going through the Organic Farming Program have found agriculture appealing because growing fresh, healthy food gives them another way to be of service to the country. Growing food allows people to be a part of something important that is greater than the individual. Our nation needs young farmers and many military veterans feel compelled to answer that call."

Tickets: The event is open to the public and guests do not need to register in advance. There is no charge for military veterans, DelVal faculty, staff and students. Tickets are $10 for the public and $8 for Doylestown Food Co-Op members.

Watch the Trailer: To learn more about the documentary and watch the trailer, please visit: http://groundoperations.net/