Veteran Participation


Veterans fully active in food production are responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the activities of their individual micro-farm. Veterans are assisted by Veteran Cooperative employees, educators, and mentors using a variety of media and hands-on training to fully equip the Veteran in successful micro-farm management. Specific tasks may vary depending on the type of crops grown, but in general include:

         Ø  budgeting, cash flow management, and bookkeeping procedures

Ø  planning finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters;

Ø  practical activities, e.g. operating equipment, machinery, irrigation systems;

Ø  marketing the farm's products in conjunction with the Veteran Cooperative;

Ø  buying supplies, such as organic matter, fertilizer and seeds;

Ø  arranging the maintenance and repair of greenhouse, machinery and equipment;

Ø  maintaining and monitoring the quality of yield;

Ø  making sure that products are ready for deadlines, such as auctions and markets;

Ø  working with the Veteran Cooperative ensuring that farm activities comply with government regulations for organic growing;

Ø  maintaining a knowledge of pests and diseases and an understanding of how they spread and how to treat them;

Ø  applying health and safety standards across the micro-farm;

Ø  protecting the environment and maintaining biodiversity;

Ø  maintaining financial records up to date.

 

Additionally, Veteran micro-farmers may wish to supplement their income by adding value to their own products or the products of the Veteran Cooperative. They can do this by processing vegetables, making jams, producing cold pressed oils etc. which can then be sold through the Veterans Cooperative retail outlets.