Our York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24 & 25; open for Glow at the Gardens.

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.