About Veterans to Farmers
Veterans to Farmers (VTF) is currently in a capital campaign to raise funds for a National Training Center Greenhouse in downtown Denver! This 10,000 square foot greenhouse will provide a physical location to train Veterans in aeroponic and hydroponic growing techniques, greenhouse maintenance and construction, and business ownership. The National Training Center will also serve as a community amenity; the food grown here will be sold direct to the consumer through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, and the greenhouse will be available for tours, farm dinners, and other gatherings.
Thanks to our Current Funders!
VTF must raise $300K to build the greenhouse to its full growing capacity. Thanks to the following incredible organizations who have committed a total of $130K – almost halfway to our goal!
To return the family farm to a prominent position on the American landscape.
To provide American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with pride, education and fulfillment through a permanent source of sustainable income, community and contribution: The family farm.
VTF’s partner is Local Tower Farms (LTF), whose mission is to redeploy the American farm, one neighborhood at a time, through franchise and/or company owned vertical growing greenhouse farms. Once veterans have been trained through the 12 week VTF program, LTF deploys their graduates into (for profit) greenhouse sites.
In 2009, United States Marine Corps Veteran Buck Adams established Circle Fresh Farms, turning 12,000 square feet of greenhouse into 5 acres within 3 years, becoming the largest organic greenhouse grower in Colorado. In 2011, he made it a company initiative to train and hire fellow Veterans. After successfully training 6 veterans, the word was getting out about the program. With over 300 eager participants, Adams realized that the interest from Veterans was much greater than he anticipated; thus, he developed a model and training program that would lead to business ownership, founding Veterans to Farmers. From Adams’ initial training program, Veteran graduate Evan Premer now owns his own greenhouse and sells the food directly to residents and to restaurant owners, and Veteran graduate Dan Robinson is the manager of the Sushi Den greenhouse.