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Cabinet secretary to visit 3 veteran-owned businesses in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

October 4, 2018

Ralph Frye, a Marine Corps veteran, operates a tractor on his farm, Pleasant Lane Farm, in 2017.

Pennsylvania Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli will tour three veteran-owned businesses in Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday, including Pleasant Lane Farm in Unity.

The tour is meant to highlight the contributions of military veterans to Pennsylvania agriculture and the work of the Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project.

Carrelli’s itinerary will take him first to Pleasant Lane Farm, 231 Phillips Road, which is owned and operated by Marine Corps veteran Ralph Frye and his son, Sgt. 1st Class Todd Frye of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The three-generation Unity dairy farm was part of last year’s PA Veteran Farm Trail, a tour of veteran-owned farms in Pennsylvania.

Carrelli will visit Pleasant Lane Farm at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by an 11:30 a.m. stop at the Bridgeside Market in Sewickley and a 1:15 p.m. stop at the Forever Heart Farm in Moon Township.

A cabinet secretary, Carrelli is responsible for the command, control and supervision of Pennsylvania National Guard units, six state-owned veterans’ homes and programs for Pennsylvania’s nearly 820,000 veterans.

The Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project is a not-for-profit agency that connects veterans with agriculture resources and facilitates on-farm, paid apprenticeships through its Troops to Tractors program.

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