Church to host guest speaker from veterans farming program

BROADALBIN — A farm built to provide disabled veterans with a place to heal, farm and give back will be highlighted for the Advent season at the First Presbyterian Church in Broadalbin.

The farming program, Vets2Farm, is in Little Falls and is a nonprofit. The Broadalbin Church will be raising money to support the farms efforts of healing disabled veterans through farming.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Executive Director of the farm Dave Gevry will be speaking to the congregation during their worship. The church is located at 54 West Main St.

According to the Vets2Farm website, the farm was built as a veteran serving veterans organization, a fact that sets them apart from other nonprofits. The organization is made up of a majority of veterans on the staff and board. The farm also prides itself on not using artificial hormones or harsh chemicals in farming practices. The organization provides different farming programs to help veterans including farming education and horticulture, animal and group therapy.

According to a release, Gevry will bring some of the delicious chickens they have raised to sell during the talk.

Reverend Linda Martin, pastor of Broadalbin First Presbyterian, is a member of the board for Vets2Farm. She said she feels that God works through the earth and through animals in amazing ways to bring healing.

Gevry grew up in Western Massachusetts and attended Westfield Vocational where he perused a major in construction technology. Gevry enlisted in the Navy in 2001-2003 with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3. Two years later, he joined the Army as an Infantryman and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Gevry was reclassified as a forward observer and was medically discharged due to injuries sustained from his deployment.

He is currently pursuing a degree in Dairy Science and Agricultural Business at Morrisville State College.

For more information, members at the church can be reached at 883-8086. The Vets2Farm website can be found at

By Chad Fleck

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