In 2014, 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 compensation for their participation.

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

During the 21-week session participants will discuss key farming/business topics, work/train with Chatfield Farms staff and tour other local farms.

Key Farming Topics

  • Soil
  • Seeds/Plant Propagation
  • Irrigation
  • Pests and Disease
  • Equipment
  • Harvest/Post Harvest
  • Market Experience
  • Beekeeping
  • GMOs
  • Cover Crops
  • Composting
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Mindfulness
  • Agri-tourism
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Aquaponics Training Program
  • ...and more!

Business Planning Topics (winter months only)

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

2019 Summer Session
May 20 - Oct. 10
The program is a 21-week session every Monday and Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Registration opens Feb. 1

Apply Now

After you fill out this application, email it to royce.hale@botanicgardens.org and we will get in touch.

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Send an email to josie.hart@botanicgardens.org with any questions about the 2019 program.

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