FORBES ROAD, Pa. — The PA Veteran Farming Network is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Skirted Soldier Grant for Women Veterans in Agriculture, Nicole Sloane Kondrlik of Cherry Hill Farm in Erie County Pennsylvania. The award was announced at the 4th annual PA Veteran Farming Conference hosted by the PA Veteran Farming Network last week in New Cumberland.
Generously funded by Air Force veteran-owned The Skirted Soldier for the fourth year, the award recognizes female veteran farmers residing in Pennsylvania in a competitive process. The $1000 grant may be used to purchase tangible items or equipment to improve their agricultural operation.
The Skirted Soldier is a female veteran-owned operation specializing in hand blended loose tea, and is based in Portage, PA. CEO and founder Rhonda Smith and her husband Dan, a fellow veteran, and daughter Emma raise a small menagerie of livestock on their Cambria County farm, as well as some of the botanicals used in their military-themed teas.
This year’s recipient raises chickens, dairy goats and sheep in rural Erie County Pennsylvania with her husband and son. She will purchase a chicken tractor with the purpose of providing protein desert foods for her community.
Sloane Kondrlik is also the Chief Public Defender of Erie County Pennsylvania. Attorney Sloane Kondrlik is an Army veteran who served first as an enlisted soldier before earning a regular Army commission. She is airborne qualified. In addition to serving Erie County, Sloane Kondrlik, her husband and family are proud to be farmers and raise crops and livestock in rural Erie County.
–PA Veteran Farming Network