Thirty-five veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers were accepted into the 5th cohort of the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project.
The 3 day basic training was held at Millican Reserve outside of College Station.
Millican Reserve is training and incubator farm in partnership with the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project. They host hands-on workshops to help beginning farmers and ranchers get experience. Millican Reserve is a 1200 acre conservation with a farm, farmers market, and tons of open space. Once cohort participants complete the program, they gain access to land for lease, established markets, and equipment from the incubator farms.
Andrea Merritt from Millican Reserve taught participants about starting and transplanting.
Participants were able to get their hands dirty, plant seeds, transplant, and practice starting seeds.
Kingman Teaches Farm Safety
Doug Kingman, Texas AgrAbility farm assessment coordinator and agriculture engineer, presented a farm safety presentation to cohort members. Texas AgrAbility not only focuses on individuals with disabilities and health conditions, but also provides education on farm safety and preventing secondary injury.
Sweet Genevieve Farm Tour
Cohort 5 members also toured Millican Reserve’s Farm and Sweet Genevieve Farm in Bryan. The tours gave them an opportunity to see how other veterans and beginning farmers produce and sell their product.
Millican Farmers Market Tour
Cohort 5 will spend the next 15 weeks building their business plans. Once they have a complete plan, they will move to the production courses and hands-on mentorship.
If you are interested in hands-on training in sustainable ag practices, check out our events calendar here for upcoming hands-on events!