The Veterans to Farmers Training Program

 

In 2015, 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 compensated for their participation.

Veteran Stipend Program: In Soil Farming at Chatfield Farms
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 topics, work/train with Chatfield Farms staff, tour other local farms and write a farm business plan as a group.

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

First Session: May 23 - August 3, Orientation May 22, 2017

Second Session: August 8 - October 12, Orientation July 31, 2017

Questions? jamie.wickler@botanicgardens.org

Key Farming Topics: Soil - Seeds/Plant Propagation - Irrigation - Pests and Disease Equipment -Harvest/Post Harvest - Market Experience - Beekeeping - GMOs - Cover Crops and Composting - Canning/Preserving - Mindfulness

Business Planning Topics: Mission/Vision Statement - Goal-setting - Strength/Weakness Analysis - Crop Planning - Profit/Cost Analysis - Record Keeping - Marketing - Grant Writing/Funding - Agri-tourism

Greenhouse Management, Aquaponics Training Program and more!
Please visit the Veterans to Farmers website: http://veteranstofarmers.org
or send an email to rich@veteranstofarmers.org with any questions.

Veteran Volunteer Program
If you cannot commit to 15 hours per week but are still interested in learning horticulture and/or agriculture skills and being a part of the veteran team, apply as an unpaid volunteer with Chatfield Farms. The Veteran Volunteer Program provides volunteers with skills to prepare soil, plant seeds and seedlings, maintain crop quality and distribute produce to  communities in need of healthy food options.
For questions about this program, please email jamie.wickler@botanicgardens.org