CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) has launched a new training series for 2020. The Veteran
Education Training Series (V.E.T.S) will host its first session “Boots to
Business” at the West Virginia Small Farm Conference on Thursday, February
20. More classes will be hosted around the state covering topics such as
beekeeping, mushroom production and high tunnel management.
recognizes the growing age gap in our trade industries as few people pursue
careers in welding or agriculture. To combat this, we must put more
emphasis on vocational education,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent
Leonhardt. “V.E.T.S. hopes to connect the next generation of farmers with
the training they need.”
The goal of V.E.T.S.
is to make agriculture training accessible to veterans, new and beginning
farmers, hobbyists and budding professionals, by offering introductory
courses in flexible, abbreviated segments around West
Virginia. Courses will be taught by industry experts and will include
a mix of classroom and hands-on activities, as well as farm tours.
Certificates will be awarded for each full course completed and may be
recognized for college credit.
“One benefit from
this training series is an opportunity to connect veterans, farmers, and
industry experts together,” said Dane Gaiser, WVDA Veterans and Warriors to
Agriculture Coordinator. “The Department has found a lot of success when we
are able to link entrepreneurs to one another who can then collaborate on
projects. Networking also provides an opportunity for mentorship and the
passing of knowledge.”
All courses will
be free of charge for veterans.
To register for
the West Virginia Small Farms Conference or the V.E.T.S. “Boots to
Business” course, contact Dane Gaiser at 304-558-2210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.