Veterans – VTF helps Veterans assimilate effectively, productively and permanently into private citizenry by training them in agriculture that leads to urban homesteading and/or business ownership.
Community – The establishment or re-establishment of local farms increases commerce, revenues, the area’s tax base, and food security.
Consumers – Increased production of organic, local vegetables with renewable energy technologies and sustainable growing methods improves the long-term health of the community by providing access to clean, fresh, hyper-local food for all.
Our Ecological System – The expansion of industrial agriculture has placed considerable pressure on America’s rural land and natural resources. VTF leverages both small-scale, organic soil farming methods, as well as greenhouse technologies (that use only 10% of the land and 10% of the water used in traditional agriculture, while producing 10x the yield), in order to positively impact our food and ecological system.
Towards a Local Food Future
We are in a time of extraordinary opportunity. After a decade of seismic shocks to our country from global terrorism to deep recessions and major national disasters, each of the three legs of sustainability – the environment, the economy, and the social equity of our communities – is in crisis. Yet throughout this time a movement has grown which brings great hope for a more healthy, sustainable and prosperous future. It is the movement to produce, access, secure and consume good and healthy food. People are re-awakening to the fact that food is not only the basis for our health but it is also at the basis of traditions, customs and culture that bind us together as family and community.
– Jim Cochran and Larry Yee, Food Commons 2.0