The Alabama Beginning Farms Project provides special emphasis to the training needs of military veterans interested in specialty crop production. Originally developed by Chris
Becker (County Extension Coordinator, Limestone County), the Operation Grow project supports county-based efforts that are inclusive of all veterans and their families with access to
information and resources statewide. If you are interested in a training curriculum in your county (e.g., Farmer 101 curriculum), we request you to contact the nearest regional extension
agent and start the conversation. Typically, state and nonprofit agencies are also part of a local collaborative network. Below are some examples of grassroots efforts. We thank the Alabama
Department of Veteran Affairs and the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission for supporting these efforts.