Firing a weapon? Great training. First aid, surviving chemical agents, removing an aircraft engine, leadership, all more great training. Separating from the service, flag detail, casualty notification, classified data, there's training for that too. Using a ladder? Sponsoring a new Airman? Moving? Yes, training for that. Oh, it's been a year since the last training? Well then it's probably time for some refresher training. Can't show up for work on time? Some might call the consequences "being disciplined" but it's really another form of training.
That's just one of the things that makes our military services so great. They invest in people. All people. Thousands and millions are spent on training.
As I began my transition to farming, I sought out as much training as I could find. This week has been a great week for me and my training.
First, my local Small Business Development Center reviewed my business plan. I have to admit that when I first read all the red ink on my draft plan, I was a bit upset. How could someone in an office 60 miles away question my plan? But as I read the comments again and again, I began to understand
what a great service they provided to me. Their review and comments made my business plan much better. Thank you Lorene, you are awesome! And guess what? It's free. Free service.
Then I found out about the Farmer Veteran Coalition which helps service members establish themselves in the agriculture industry. This group provides an abundance of help in funding, education, mentorship, planning, and many other areas. This week they began working to find a mentor for me who will help me learn to market my wheat and lentils that I will produce. How awesome is that? Thank you Julie, you are awesome! And guess what? Yes, another free service.
Late this week, I received a phone call from the National Farmers Union Beginning Farmers Institute which provides leadership and farm management training. They select a class of students each year to attend three educational sessions throughout the country. They provide agriculture professionals as speakers, on-farm training workshops, and cooperative tours. Thank you Maria, I am very excited to be in the class! Oh, and guess what? Well, it's not completely free, it cost me $100. Meanwhile, NFU is paying the majority of the travel, hotel, and meal expenses. That's as good as free, considering the mentoring, training, and education that I will receive.
And finally, this morning I attended Easter sunrise service at a local church. That is the ultimate free service. Free forgiveness, free grace, free love. Happy Easter my friends, He is Risen!