There are over 250,000 unemployed veterans and the unemployment rate for veterans ages 18 to 24 nearing 30 percent.
One group that is working to address this problem is the non-profit Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC). Created by American farmers, the group "finds employment, training, and places to heal on America's farms for returning veterans" while addressing the nation's critical need for new farmers and a safe food supply.
As part of this effort, the FVC is presenting its first southern California Food and Farming Veteran Career Fair. The fair will connect veterans with jobs, training, and educational opportunities and provide help in starting their own food or farming business. Veterans will be introduced to opportunities in regional farms, produce distribution companies, urban farming and school garden projects, landscaping and culinary arts.
It will feature on-site counseling, many of the area's top chefs will be serving food provided by local farmers, and presentations will take place throughout the day by leaders in these fields.
Over 60 organizations and businesses are scheduled to participate. Farms already signed up include McGrath Family Farm, Weiser Family Farms, Windrose Farm, Bill Lewis of Bill’s Bees, CAFF, and Carlsbad Aquafarm.
The fair is being presented in partnership with the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, New Directions, Slow Food Los Angeles, The Salvation Army Haven, California AgrAbility Project, and the USDA Farm Service Agency.
Wednesday, June 30th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Free for all veterans but they would like you to register in advance,
For more info.
Veterans and interested employers should call (530) 756-1395, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Farmer-Veteran Coalition for more information.