Steadfast Farms

Jared McCool is the owner of Steadfast Farms in Bethlehem, CT
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"Being a part of bringing a local chapter of Farmer Veteran Coalition to Connecticut has allowed veterans to unite and bring the strength of our camaraderie to Connecticut Grown Agriculture. This bond keeps Connecticut’s agriculture vibrant and supports other veterans joining the field of agriculture, continuing their selfless service here at home as they did overseas."  — JARED MCCOOL

Growing up, Jared McCool remembers constantly changing the career path that he wanted to pursue. He went through thoughts of becoming a plumber, electrician, veterinarian, and police officer. By the time he was in high school, Jared knew for sure that he wanted to earn the title of United States Marine. During his service, he raised to the rank of Sergeant and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) as a Machine Gun Squad leader. He served on a Military Engagement Team (MET) that was charged with training over 300 foreign soldiers.

After serving in the Marines, Jared pursued none of his childhood careers paths and ended up in a career as an engineer, which was intuitive and challenging on a daily basis, but it just wasn’t fulfilling and, he says, became boring year after year.

Jared McCool processes a chickenOne year, a friend who grew up upland hunting decided to get back into it and invited Jared pheasant hunting. Jared grew up in a city and had no idea what a pheasant was, but he stomped brush with a shotgun through a field with four other guys for eight hours, looking for one of these pheasants.

"It was like being back on patrol in the Marine Corps," he says. "I told my friend to count me out next year—this was not my idea of fun."

At this point, his friend told him that most people used a dog to bird hunt, and that he would get a dog for next year. Well, the next year came, and it only took one point from that dog and Jared was hooked. "Seeing that dog work in the field was amazing to me, and that is how my farming career started," he says.

Jared wanted to immerse himself in everything that had to do with the dogs' instinctive drive and the birds that drove them. That is how Steadfast Farms, LLC was born. The birds now drive him the same way. Six years later Steadfast Farms expanded to become the only USDA Inspected Poultry Slaughter and Processing company in the State of Connecticut. Steadfast Farms Poultry Processing and Slaughter, LLC was born and fills a much-needed hole in the market, allowing other farms to have their poultry turned into food that is marketable throughout the country feeding Americans.

"Farming has been the most fulfilling feeling that I feel everyday," Jared says, "the same I felt in the Marine Corps overseas, and now at home."

Now looking back as a farmer, he has also become a plumber, electrician, veterinarian, and police officer. He wakes up earlier, works harder, makes less money, and goes to bed late, but he says he wouldn’t trade it for anything as he continues to support and help people throughout this great country that he's devoted his life to serving.

"Being a part of bringing a local chapter of Farmer Veteran Coalition to Connecticut has allowed veterans to unite and bring the strength of our camaraderie to Connecticut Grown Agriculture. This bond keeps Connecticut’s agriculture vibrant and supports other veterans joining the field of agriculture, continuing their selfless service here at home as they did overseas."

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