Blossoms of Light is sold out Friday, Nov. 23. See our ticketing calendar for a list of sold out dates and times.
York Street gardens and Chatfield Farms are closed Thursday, Nov. 22. Chatfield Farms is also closed Friday, Nov. 23, open for Santa’s Village.
Early closures through Jan. 1 for Blossoms of Light and Santa's Village.

Chatfield Farms Veterans Farm Program partners with Veterans to Farmers to create a dual­-track program that offers richer opportunities for veterans.

The dual­-track program includes:

  • Diversified vocational opportunities
  • Engagement with community
  • Creation of relationships with other service members

This program provides a space to learn hands-­on, small­-scale vegetable production and controlled­-environment greenhouse skills. Veterans can choose either the 10-week, in­-soil farming program (CSA at Chatfield Farms) or the 6-­week greenhouse management program (Denver, CO).

In-Soil Farming Program

The mission of the Veterans Farm Program is to connect military veterans to a farming career, specifically in small-scale vegetable production, in a way that engages the mind, body, and soul in a holistic approach to sustainable living.

During the 10-week session participants will discuss key farming/business topics, work/train with Chatfield Farms staff and tour other local farms. The topics will include:

Key Farming Topics

  • Soil
  • Seeds/Plant Propagation
  • Irrigation
  • Pests and Disease
  • Equipment
  • Harvest/Post Harvest
  • Market Expectations
  • Beekeeping
  • GMOs
  • Cover Crops
  • Composting
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Botany
  • Cut-Flowers Market
  • Perennial Care and Maintenance
  • Mindfulness

Business Planning Topics

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

The 2018 program is offered in two separate 10-week sessions, Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • First Session: May 22 – July 26, Orientation May 21
  • Second Session: July 31 - October 11, Orientation July 30

Send an email to jamie.wickler@botanicgardens.org with any questions about the 2018 program.

Here is the application

Greenhouse Management Program

Veterans to Farmers logoPlease visit the Veterans to Farmers website.

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