In 2014, Chatfield Farms teamed up with Veterans to Farmers to provide a dual track program to the veteran community. Veteran participants develop job skills, learn how to operate a small farm, engage with different communities, create relationships with other service members and receive financial compensation for their participation.

In support of the Gardens’ institutional mission of connecting people with plants, Veterans Farm Program connects military veterans to a farming career, specifically small-scale vegetable production, in a way that engages the mind, body and soul in a holistic approach to sustainable living.

During the 21-week session participants will discuss key farming/business topics, work/train with Chatfield Farms staff and tour other local farms.

Key Farming Topics

  • Soil
  • Seeds/Plant Propagation
  • Irrigation
  • Pests and Disease
  • Equipment
  • Harvest/Post Harvest
  • Market Experience
  • Beekeeping
  • GMOs
  • Cover Crops
  • Composting
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Mindfulness
  • Agri-tourism
  • ...and more!

Business Planning Topics (winter months only)

  • Mission/Vision Statement
  • Goal Setting
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Crop Planning
  • Profit/Cost Analysis
  • Insurance
  • Licensing
  • Recordkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Grant Writing/Funding
  • Agri-tourism
  • Public Speaking

2019 Summer Session
May 20 - Oct. 10
The program is a 21-week session every Monday and Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Summer Session is full. We are no longer accepting applications. Email royce.hale@botanicgardens.org for info on other opportunities with the program.

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Send an email to rich@veteranstofarmers.org with any questions and to sign up.