Buck’s family ranched in Texas, and later moved to Arkansas to raise chickens, establishing his love and appreciation for farming. In 1989, Adams joined the U.S. Marines, and was stationed in the Philippines serving in the security forces. During the assignment, he was dispatched to help in the complex rescue and evacuation operations when Mount Pinatubo erupted; it was the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Later feeling the pull of his agricultural roots, Buck established Circle Fresh Farms in 2009; turning 12,000 square feet of greenhouse in to five acres within three years, becoming the largest organic greenhouse grower in Colorado. In 2011, he made it a company initiative to train and hire fellow Veterans; and quickly learned that the need was much greater than he anticipated. In response, Veterans to Farmers was born, with a mission to provide post 9/11 veterans with education and fulfillment through a permanent source of sustainable income; the family farm and homestead. Simply put, VTF turns protectors in to providers, by educating them in organic growing practices utilizing hydroponics, aquaponics, and traditional farming.
Buck has 15 years of experience in capital raising and strategy consulting with startups and early stage companies. He has served as the VP of sales at Dickens Cider Energy Drink, was a Consultant for Go Fast Sports Energy Drink, and was the VP of sales at BancTek Solutions. He is also a graduate of the “High Performance Leadership Executive” MBA program at the University of Denver. Continuing his civic service, he helped found, and sits on Mayor Hancock’s “Denver Seeds Initiative”, providing counseling to the Mayor’s office on urban farming and sustainable agriculture.
aka: Farmer Murphy
Rich 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 Security Forces from 1998 to 2003 and returned to the civilian sector to work in social work after separating. Rich has spent 12 years since leaving the military teaching himself how to farm using new and innovative techniques such as hydroponics, raise beds and greenhouses. What was once an escape became an obsession and soon tending to plants and showing people how to grow things had become his life’s purpose!
Rich became involved with Veterans to Farmers (VTF) in 2013. While looking for others who shared the same passion for local food, responsible agriculture and contributing to the community, his wife LeeAnn (also a Veteran) stumbled across VTF and thought it was the perfect fit. This was like a dream come true! With all his years of social work and 12 years of urban farming, this was the perfect opportunity to lead and contribute. The fact that it was in the Veteran community was a cherry on top. Through his own personal experiences, Rich understood the unique benefits the garden could offer his fellow veterans. That was 3 years ago and he has been working tirelessly to see the VTF mission continue to grow and succeed ever since.
Most recently in 2015 Rich and his wife LeeAnn purchased 35 acres nestled near the foothills outside of Ft. Collins, Colorado. This is the humble beginnings of the future of the Farmer Murphy Homestead and the Northern Colorado’s Veterans to Farmers training site.
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 attended Regis University to complete her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and is currently completing a Post Graduate Certification in Executive Nonprofit Management. LeeAnn is excited about starting her own year round farm/training center with her husband in Northern Colorado.
Daryl Goode is a proud fourth generation veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy for 7 years. After his honorable service, Daryl went on to work in the defense industry as an Engineer; working on various geospatial information programs ranging from Tactical Reconnaissance, to our National Geospatial Libraries. He quickly assumed various leadership roles, rising to his last role as a Senior Hardware Systems Engineer. After leaving the defense industry, he went on to serve in senior sales engineering roles for various technology vendors.
After a life altering medical event, he came to a point where his professional life was no longer satisfying; he decided to take his talents and passion, and take on a new mission. His soul searching brought him back to the dirt he’d always loved cultivating as a teen and throughout his life; this was the moment he decided to become a farmer. Realizing he needed training and mentoring, he sought out a program to augment his knowledge, and came upon Veterans to Farmers (VTF); his life was forever changed at that point.
After graduation as a member of VTF’s first class, he continued to volunteer his time at Rebel Farm (VTF’s training site) soaking up knowledge, skills, and developing relationships in Colorado’s sustainable farming community. In October 2015, recognizing his passion and expertise, the board asked him to become their Controlled Environment (CE) Operations trainer; and shortly thereafter, asked him to join the board of directors of Veterans to Farmers. Additionally, Daryl’s passion and focus is on developing a program by which VTF and its partners can serve food deserts and limited food access communities in Denver Metro.
Joe Burner comes from a strong background of family military service. Joe’s family has many members that have served in the Army, Air Force and Navy in every war since WWI. Joe himself served the United States Army with 2ID 1/506th Air Assault Infantry Curahee’s, and also 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.
Joe moved into the Medical Field following his Army service and found that there had to be something more to life. After 6 years in the Medical Filed as a Certified Medical Assistant and EKG Technician and executive level training and competency planner for testing Medical Assistants nationwide, Joe quit the medical field and took a leap and started learning to farm. In Oct 2015 Joe changed his life by getting signed up with Veterans to Farmer’s controlled agriculture internship. He has never looked back and has gone forward to complete all three internships offered by Veterans to Farmers and is now teaching Veterans himself. Under the tutelage of Rich Murphy and Daryl Goode, Joe caught the farming bug and showed potential to offer more to Veterans to famers and was invited to join the board.
Joe is now the acting Volunteer Secretary of the Board for Veteran’s to Farmers. Joe’s stated, sole mission in life since the Army has been to find a way to serve the Veteran cause and improve community awareness of the excellence that Veteran’s can bring to any trade or industry. Joe will say that he found everything he wanted to build already existed with VTF and that serving with VTF has made his life better and happier. Joe takes the mission seriously and enjoys being a leader in his community of Veterans. He is committed to the success of VTF and every Veteran life that VTF has the gift to participate in.
Joe’s current goals are succeeding with a Farmstand at the Denver VA, starting an overwinter CSA teaming up with Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, as well he looking for land to build a Veteran training center that will offer training and classes in a variety of trades, multiple farming methods, and business concepts for starting small urban farming businesses.
Jeanette is the Owner and CEO of J Tutzauer Ent, Inc., dba Taxmam. In this role, she manages a team providing all aspects of accounting, including consulting, startup of new businesses, bookkeeping, payroll, corporate and individual taxes and IRS representation. Jeanette has more than 30 years of accounting and tax experience.
Before starting her own firm in 2002, Jeanette Tutzauer worked for 19 years for a diverse range of organizations, including small businesses, startups, private sector and non-profits. Jeanette Tutzauer offers a wide range of programs and services – from accounting, to taxes and consulting.
Drawing on many years’ experience in accounting in the corporate environment, she now focuses mainly on small business taxes, personal taxes and small business accounting. Jeanette Tutzauer is a qualified accountant, and holds an accounting degree from Somerset College.
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. During his tenure at Snooze, he gained extensive knowledge in various facets of the industry, including restaurant openings, menu development, management techniques, service, financial management and restaurant design.
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 for food and guests 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 of veterans and VTF, it was a logical choice for him to join the VTF board of directors and shape the future of the organization.