Veterans Farm Program at Chatfield Farms

Chatfield Farms Veterans Farm Program

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

 

2022 Summer Session

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 summer session of the Veterans Farm Program. We will release our 2023 application on this page in mid-January. Email royce.hale@botanicgardens.org for more information.

How to get involved in 2023: After you fill out an application, we will be in touch to schedule an interview. We value the hard work that each participant adds to the farms so there is a stipend each individual receives throughout the course.  

Veterans to Farmers Greenhouse Management Program

Veterans to Farmers logo

Controlled Environment Agriculture – Hydroponics

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

 

 

Press and Video

VAntage Point, July 12, 2022 - Veterans to Farmers was among seven other programs for veterans awarded funds from the USDA. Agricultural resources available to Veterans

FOX News, June 28, 2018 - Farming nonprofit helps vets with PTSD reintegrate into civilian life

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