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
  • Financial compensation for participation

This stipend 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, tour other local farms, and write a farm business plan as a group. The topics will include:

Key Farming Topics

  • Soil
  • Seeds/Plant Propagation
  • Irrigation
  • Pests and Disease
  • Equipment
  • Harvest/Post Harvest
  • Market Expectations
  • Beekeeping
  • GMOs
  • Cover Crop
  • Composting
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Mindfulness

Business Planning Topics

  • Mission/Vision Statement
  • Goal Setting
  • Strength/Weakness Analysis
  • Crop Planning
  • Profit/Cost Analysis
  • Recordkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Grant Writing/Funding
  • Agri-tourism

The 2017 program is offered in two separate 10-week sessions, Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • First Session: May 23 - August 3, Orientation May 22
  • Second Session: August 8 - October 13, Orientation July 31

Send an email to with any questions and to sign up for the 2017 program.

Greenhouse Management Program

Veterans to Farmers logoPlease visit the Veterans to Farmers website.

Send an email to with any questions and to sign up.