Veterans learn how to prosper in agricultural industry

Veterans learn how to prosper in agricultural industry
Fort Valley State University provided the truck for STAG Vets Inc. workshop.
Fort Valley State University provided the truck for STAG Vets Inc. workshop.
Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Timothy Robins
Timothy Robins

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A non-profit organization is traveling around Georgia, reaching out to veterans who are eager to learn about the benefits of farming.

Wednesday's "Seeds of Prosperity" workshop gave veterans and new farmers the skills they need to succeed in agriculture.

STAG Vets Inc. hosted the event, which was focused on offering the support veterans need to get back on their feet.

The main goal was to encourage veterans, who have recently returned home, to turn their land into valuable products.

Inside a tractor trailer, years of knowledge and expertise were shared with veterans willing to learn.

With the help of a grant from the USDA-Farm Services Agency and a Fort Valley State University truck, STAG Vets was able to promote its mission: to provide healing to veterans through agriculture.

"Things that STAG believes, you know, coming from a military background is when you go to battle, you have to use what you have," said Stag Vets Founder Jonathan Jackson.

Jackson was in combat just a few years ago.

Now, as a disabled veteran, he's still serving.

"I was trying to figure out how can I serve the community," he said. "How can I serve my brothers again?"

Jackson said this workshop does just that.

It teaches veterans that they don't need acres and acres of land to become an efficient farmer.

"There are specific crops that you can grow, types of crops that you can grow, to actually maximize your yield, quick turnaround, and value added," said Jackson.

Veteran Timothy Robins said this workshop is changing the mentality for veterans who may be reluctant to the idea of farming.

He added, "The value of that is just unbelievable."

Robins said every veteran who attended the workshop will walk away with the skills and the knowledge they need to prosper.

"They can really see that their service has another journey to it other than the military is done. No. You're just beginning," said Robins.

The next and final stop for the workshop is in Columbus on Thursday.

They'll be livestreaming Thursday's event on their Facebook page.

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