SAVE Farm Near Riley Topic Of RSVP’s January Veteran’s Cafe

At RSVP’s January Veteran’s Café, Retired Colonel Gary LaGrange and Farm Coordinator, Tim Heiman presented the program about the S.A.V.E. Farm which is being established in Riley, Kansas.

SAVE stands for Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education Farm. The Plan is to provide occupational agricultural training to veterans and transitioning servicemembers. There are four pillars in their farm model: Transition, Training, Therapy and Succession. The teaching farm will be specially designed to help those with disabilities work with equipment and animals. The farm will train 100 veterans and service members through an entire farm cycle. It is a model for all land grant universities.

The farm will also include a healing center on site or adjacent to it focusing on service members and veterans in need of special treatment and therapy. Because those participating in the program will be housed on the farm, having this facility close by will be necessary.

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For more information about the SAVE Farm, contact Gary LaGrange at
785-537-7493 If you have farm equipment that you would like to donate to the Farm, you can go online to for a list of what is needed.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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