New Remote Peer Support Training Opportunity with Growing Veterans

Peer Support

In addition to the informal Peer Support provided at the farm, Growing Veterans also offers a formal accredited Peer Support training program.

Peer Support Training

Growing Veterans formal Peer Support training is a hands on learning experience, developed by veterans and mental health care professionals – for veterans, civilians, mental health providers, businesses, and organizations committed to the wellness of veterans. The three day training in-person workshop has been accredited by the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMCHA) and is eligible for 20.5 CEU’s.

Learning objectives include recognizing and understanding the symptoms, causes and cycles of PTSD and Transition Stress. Using nationally recognized best practices for Peer Support, participants learn to facilitate healthy conversations and outcomes, reduce peer isolation and develop tools to create a network of peer support.

Growing Veterans’ Peer Support Training is an evidence-based program that uses best practices as identified by DCOE as essential to successful military/veteran peer support programs. The evaluation indicates overwhelmingly, attendees reported the GV PST to be a powerful, transformative and positive experience.

AgrAbility, Veterans and Agriculture – a strategic connection!

Learn about the AgrAbility program and the opportunities and technologies available.


Mission of AgrAbility

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Back impairments
  • Amputations
  • Brain injury
  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Disabling diseases
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Respiratory impairments
  • Head injury

Join us to learn more!



FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Online Blended Training Part 2 Instructor Led – Remote Live Delivery

This two part blended online and instructor led course has been designed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA. It is a course recognized by FDA at present in meeting their requirements.  By successfully completing this course, you will meet the requirements as a FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Person who can manage a food safety preventive controls program in accordance with the Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Rule of the US Food and Drug Administration

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COVID19 Farm Roundtable: Emergency and Contingency Plans – March 26, 3 PM

Join on Zoom:

Farmers work under multiple stressors; and COVID19 puts extreme demands on already challenging times. Presenters will share considerations for farm operations in an emergency, tips to help plan for contingencies, and tools to develop plans with your support networks.


  • 3:00  Welcome and Introductions, and purpose of the call
    • Carrie Backman, Wahkiakum County Extension Director
  • 3:05    Emergency Preparedness:
    • Strategic Emergency Management Concerns
    • Continuity of Operations and Recovery planning
    • Michael Gaffney, Assistant Director, WSU Extension and CED Unit Director
  • 3:20    Farm Contingency Plans
    • Susan Kerr, WSU Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist, Professor Emerita
  • 3:35    Taking Care of Farm and Community: Tips from a Farmer and Epidemiologist
    • Mark Schmidt, epidemiologist and farmer, Blue Skies Farm
  • 3:50    Farm Roundtable


For more information, contact Carrie Backman, Director and Associate Professor, Washington State University Wahkiakum County Extension

Workshop on the Fellowship Fund Application Process – January 17th 10am – 12:30pm

Join the Washington State Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition for a workshop on the Fellowship Fund application process!
  • Rachel Petitt – FVC’s Program Director – will walk through the application requirements, deadlines, and business planning tips. 
  • This is a great opportunity to learn about FVC’s programs and network with fellow farmer veterans!
  • Light refreshments will be provided
Enterprise for Equity Conference Room
212 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
This is the first in a series of 4 more workshops to be held around Washington state in 2020.
Questions? More information? Contact Rachel: