Chatfield Farms Veterans Farm Program recently partnered 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
- Seeds/Plant Propagation
- Pests and Disease
- Harvest/Post Harvest
- Market Quality Expectations
- Cover Crop
Business Planning Topics
- Mission/Vision Statement
- Goal Setting
- Strength/Weakness Analysis
- Crop Planning
- Profit/Cost Analysis
- Record Keeping
- Grant Writing/Funding
The 2016 program was offered in two separate 10-week sessions, Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- First Session: May 24 - August 5, Orientation May 9
- Second Session: August 9 - October 20, Orientation Aug. 1
Send an email to email@example.com with any questions and to sign up for the 2017 program.
Greenhouse Management Program
Please visit the Veterans to Farmers website.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to sign up.