S.A.V.E. Farm program is giving veterans a path after service

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A program in Manhattan is teaching veterans a new path forward through farming. The Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education or S.A.V.E. Farm program is an 11 month certificate program with Cloud County Community College, the Manhattan Area Technical College and Kansas State University.

The program combines classroom work with hands on training on the farm to teach veterans everything they need to know to operate their own farm.

“You go take care of your livestock, your crops. You’re starting with something really small and then you’re watching it grow, so you’re using yor hands and you’re knowledge. It gives you a sense of purpose,” said farm coordinator Timothy Heiman.

The program operates a farm outside Manhattan where they teach and grow crops. They are currently trying to raise money to build housing for veterans and their families to live on site.

“Unless you have a family or a friend that will bring you back, it’s difficult to go out and afford a farm today or learn how to manage that farm, sow what we’re doing is building a pathway,” said Gary LaGrange, president and founder of SAVE Farm.

The progam is covered by the G.I. Bill and the Veterans Administration’s Vocational Rehab program. Click here for more information.

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