Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.27
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tim Patterson
Director of Admission
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
College to Farm program for veterans

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

According to a recent report by the Department of Labor, the average age of a U.S. farmer is 56 and approaching retirement age. There is clearly a growing need to cultivate the next generation of farmers in this country. Concurrently, there is a groundswell of veterans who are interested in farming after their military careers.

Sterling College has launched a College-to-Farm program for qualified veterans. Upon completion of a degree in Sustainable Agriculture or Sustainable Food Systems at Sterling, each veteran will receive a $10,000 grant of seed money from the College to help start a food or farm based business venture.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Veterans who are looking for their next mission can find it in farming or food businesses that feed their communities without exacerbating climate change.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
veteran outreach

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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