Soldier Gets His Start in Farming

Soldier Gets His Start in Farming

Charley Jordan Charley Jordan

August 11, 2016

Tennessee recently held its annual Small Farm Expo, highlighting its diverse ag industry. Attendees included several beginning farmers, including an Iraq hero who has recently made his way into the farming community. 

Charley Jordan is an active duty soldier at Fort Campbell, who has served over 27 years in the Army. He owns and operates Circle J Ranch in Woodlawn, Tennessee, thanks in part to the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

This year, Jordan also organized a former veteran workshop that brought veterans and active duty soldiers together to learn about farming and how a career in agriculture can be beneficial following their military duties.

The workshop also promoted the Homegrown by Heroes label, which military farmers can use to promote their products.

Jordan said, "Every veteran has a story to tell and the Homegrown by Heroes label gives a chance for veterans to tell their story."

Charley's efforts earned him the Most Improved Beginning Small Farmer Award at Tennessee;s Small Farm Expo this year. "I'm very blown away by it. I didn't ever really expect it. It's really so cool that people actually thought about me to be able to do it (farm)."

And it's this sort of accomplishment that has Charley praising what the ag industry has done for him.

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