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SC Commissioner Weathers: Project Victory Gardens

Project Victory Gardens is a nonprofit that provides agricultural education programs to cultivate resiliency among our nation’s veterans.

We have partnered with them extensively since their founding because we support their mission and like the way they carry it out.

They offer education, training, and business development resources for veterans interested in farming and agriculture.

They’ve just received a grant from the USDA AgVets program (National Institute of Food and Agriculture Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans).

The grant will be used to support Project Victory Gardens’ Palmetto Veterans in Agribusiness initiative.

The program provides military veterans, transitioning service members, and military family members with the training and resources they need to start or grow a business in the agribusiness sector.

Some of their programs include:

  • Farmer Bootcamp: A two- or four-day training program that teaches veterans the skills they need to start or grow a farm.
  • Veteran Agribusiness Internship Program: A program providing transitioning servicemembers with hands-on experience working in an agribusiness setting.
  • Veteran Agribusiness Outreach Fair: A resource symposium connecting veterans with resources and organizations that can help them succeed in agribusiness.
  • Agritourism Incubator and Farms of the Brave™ Veteran Agritourism Marketing and Branding Program: A program that will help veterans develop and market agritourism businesses.

The Palmetto Veterans in Agribusiness program is open to all military veterans and transitioning service members, regardless of their age, gender, or service branch. Programming will be held at Project Victory Gardens’ farm in Townville, SC and across the state.

The target audience of this project is military veterans, transitioning service members, and military family members seeking self-employment and career opportunities in the agribusiness fields in South Carolina.

Project Victory Gardens will kick off its new programming at an official launch event on October 13.

They are also holding a “Fall Fest” on October 14 from 10am to 3pm.

For more information about these events, or to apply for the program, please visit