Sinema Announces Nearly $750,000 to Flagstaff-Based Agriculture Training Veterans Program

Oct 14, 2023

Federal funds will support a program empowering Arizona veterans to build successful agriculture careers

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced $749,952 to Flagstaff’s Painted Desert Demonstration Projects, Inc. that will support a training program for Arizona veterans pursuing successful careers in the agriculture industry.

“We’re proud to announce critical support for Flagstaff’s training program that will empower Arizona veterans to build successful careers in agriculture by helping build meaningful relationships and connections with other Arizona farmers and veterans,” said Sinema.

The program aims to increase the number of Arizona veterans pursuing careers in agriculture through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive training. The program’s teaching curriculum includes 33 different classes on topics ranging from horticulture – the science of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other plants – to personal finance, a network of host farms willing to admit participants for one-week internships, and dynamic support for participants to move beyond the program and develop successful careers. Participation in this program will allow Arizona veterans to meet and connect with other veteran farmers and agriculture professionals.