Veteran Fields of the SLV is a new program to support veterans seeking work in farming and ranching. The work can be for healing and for transitional training to a new career. The Veteran Fields project leaders are very excited to announce funding for the veteran to farmers project from the Colorado Health Foundation. The current first phase is to build the foundation of training, field experience, and community support for Veteran Fields.
The Colorado Health Foundation is a statewide funder with a mission to improve the health of Coloradans. The Foundation offers a Special Projects Program, designed to address community-identified needs.
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC), Veterans Coalition, and Women Veterans were recently funded through this program for a veteran-led project to create the Veteran Fields. They have come together with Conejos County Clean Water, the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley and Adams State University Community Partnerships to create opportunities for veterans of all eras and all services to give a different but still invaluable service – to join the farmers that produce the food for the nation.
Special pilot projects will be designed to build community partnerships, arrange horticultural therapies, and assemble resources for start-up, hands-on, classroom, workshop, and on-line education in business and ecologically sustainable agriculture. The SLVLFC’s Rio Grande Farm Park Farmer Incubation Program, the Conejos County Clean Water’s Valleybound Garden as well as the value-added agricultural opportunity for entrepreneurs in the SLVLFC’s Valley Roots Food Hub’s licensed commercial kitchen will be available for selected veteran pilot projects. The Veteran Fields program will be operational in 2018.
To get involved in this important project, please call the Veterans Coalition message line at 844-409-1910. A representative will return your call within the week.
Veterans who are looking to start their own agribusiness and seeking candidacy for possible funding can sign up using one of the options below. A representative will contact you for an interview within a week of your submission.
Sign-ups currently closed. Check back this fall for the 2018 Veteran Farmers Opportunities.