aka: Farmer Murphy
Richard Murphy is a 3rd generation Air Force Veteran who comes from a family proud of their military heritage and service to the nation. Rich served as a member of the U.S. Security Forces from 1998 to 2003 when he returned to the civilian sector to serve his community in social work. Not long after separating Rich began teaching himself how to farm, or as he would say “to listen to the plants”. His curiosity did not stop at the soil. Rich sought out innovative agriculture methods like hydroponics, controlled environmental agriculture and more. What started as just a welcome distraction soon became a lifelong obsession. After a while, you could count on finding Rich tending to his garden and teaching whoever would listen about the magical life of plants.
As luck would have it he was introduced to Veterans to Farmers (VTF) in 2013 while looking for others who shared the same passion for local food production, responsible agriculture and contributing. His wife LeeAnn (also a veteran) stumbled across VTF while they were reaching out for help getting a non-profit started. She instantly knew Rich was the perfect fit. The rest is history. Rich and VTF became inseparable and he went on to help design the courses, teach the classes, mentor veterans, and educate the public on the important topics of veteran support and local food security.
Rich understands the unique benefits the farm can offer his fellow veterans through his own personal experiences. He is fond of saying, “You don’t have to call it therapy if you don’t want to, just get some vets out there with their hands in the dirt and the therapy will happen all on its own”
Rich and his family own a 35-acre homestead outside Old Town Fort Collins, CO. It is his plans to expand the VTF mission north by building the Veterans to Farmer’s training center greenhouse in 2018.
LeeAnn was the first member of her family to serve in the U.S. Military. Enlisting at the age of 17 she went on the serve 11 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. She filled many roles in the service such as Security Forces, Information and Quality Assurance, and dorm management. During this time she completed her Associates of Science in Information Technology and her Bachelors of Science in Human Services. After separating LeeAnn went on to continue working with veterans by helping establish the Operation Traumatic Brain Injury Freedom program (OTF) with Rocky Mountain Human Services. LeeAnn coached and supported injured veterans and their families.
LeeAnn then moved her career into the business industry. She brings over 12 years of corporate and nonprofit leadership, management, and operations experience to VTF. She recently graduated from Regis University with her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership as well as completing a Post Graduate Certification in Executive Nonprofit Management. LeeAnn is excited to continue to grow the family homestead and build the VTF training center with her husband in Northern Colorado.
Joe Burner comes from a strong background of family military service. Joe’s family has had members that served in the armed forces all the way back to WWI. Joe served the United States Army with 2ID 1/506th Air Assault Infantry Curahee’s, and with 4ID 2BDE 10th U.S. Cavalry and 4ID 2BDE 1/10 Cavalry as a Forward Observer and JTAC. Joe served from 2002 through 2007 and survived two tours in Iraq participating in the original assault on Baghdad in ’03 –’04 with 10th US Cav and again serving during OIF with 1/10 Cav ’05-’07 in Baghdad.
After his service was complete Joe moved into the medical field, and although he was quickly excelling he often found himself searching for something more fulfilling and rewarding. After 6 years of hard work in the medical field Joe walked away and took the leap, he was dedicated to learning how to farm. In Oct 2015 Joe changed his life by signing up with Veterans to Farmers. He has never looked back and has gone forward to complete all three internships offered by VTF. Joe is now helping teach the veterans himself at Rebel Farms in Denver under the tutelage of Richard Murphy. Joe caught the farming bug and showed potential to offer more to Veterans to farmers, as a result, he was invited to join the board in late 2016.
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Before starting her own firm in 2002, Jeanette Tutzauer worked for 19 years for a diverse range of organizations, including small businesses, startups, the private sector, and non-profits. Jeanette Tutzauer offers a wide range of programs and services – from accounting to taxes and consulting.
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Because of Scott’s love for food and his need to be constantly busy, he joined his first professional kitchen at the age of 14. After day one in the dish pit, there was no turning back. Scott spent the next 20 years working in every job restaurants had to offer; from the dish room to the corporate office, and everything in between.
Prior to opening Butcher’s Bistro, he spent 7 years as a Chef, General Manager and Regional manager for Snooze, an AM Eatery. Scott started with Snooze at their first restaurant and helped the company grow to 8 locations.
With the skills he developed over the years, Scott (and partners) started Butcher’s Bistro to fulfill his lifelong dream of creating a unique eatery with the carnivore in mind. With an emphasis on utilizing the entire animal, and sourcing hyper-local produce to create an ever-changing adventurous menu for his guests; you see his passion in all he does.
Scott has been a supporter of Veterans to Farmers (VTF) from day one; that support has extended from food donations for fundraising events, to hosting VTF fundraising events at Butcher’s Bistro. Scott’s grandfathers served in WWII, and through the years he’s actively supported various veteran organizations. With VTF wanting to add a culinary professional to their board, and Scott’s passionate support the veteran population, it was a logical choice for him to join the VTF board of directors and help shape the future of the organization.
Buck’s family ranched in Texas, and later moved to Arkansas to farm and raise chickens, establishing early on his love and appreciation for farming. In 1989, Adams answered his countries call like many young men and joined the U.S. Marines. Buck was proud to serve his country and even more proud to do it as Marine.
Upon returning to civilian life and later feeling the pull of his agricultural roots, Buck helped to established Circle Fresh Farms in 2009. His hard work paid off when he turn 12,000 square feet of greenhouse into five acres within three years. Circle Fresh Farms went on to become the largest organic greenhouse grower in Colorado at that time. In 2011, he made it a company initiative to train and hire fellow veterans, he understood the impact it could have and quickly learned that the need was much greater than originally anticipated. As a result, the idea to form the non-profit Veterans to Farmers was born and the mission began.
** In 2017 Buck Adams stepped down and entrusted the future of Veterans to Farmers to Founding Member and fellow veteran Richard Murphy and the VTF board. Veterans to Farmers plans to continue to honor Bucks dedication and contribution to the veteran community by carrying the mission he started forward.