From Guns to Greens

Veterans to Farmers program

By Elana Ashanti Jefferson Special to The Denver Post Blood may be thicker than water, but for Evan and Esther Premer, water is the family lifeblood. This mother-son duo runs the Aero Farm Co., a Lakewood garden business that relies on hydroponic towers to produce roughly 150 pounds of fresh greens each week for consumption at a handful of popular Denver-area eateries. Evan Premer is a former construction company owner and Army Reserve veteran who served one tour in Iraq as an Read More

Training our Protectors to be Providers

Read the full article: Training Our Protectors to be Providers Veterans to Farmers (VTF) is a Denver-based non-profit that tackles two complex issues in highly innovative ways. Since the U.S. began withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009, scores of men and women have returned home to Read More

Farming a Future for Veterans

Read the origional article in modern farmer by Sam Brasch The military taught Evan Premer not to waste time fixing a problem. On a day at the front end of summer, his indoor farm felt about 10 degrees too hot. He pulled a knife from his pocket and began to score the ribbed siding of the Read More

Redeploying the Family Farm

Evan Premer is the latest grower who is re-inventing the idea of the traditional American farm. With the help of Veterans to Farmers, community grants and private support, Evan launched Colorado’s first vertical farm, AeroFarmCo, in Lakewood, Colo., this March. Even though he didn’t grow up on a Read More

Pantry Paratus Radio Interview with Buck Adams

Listen to the interview at PantryParatus.com I cannot think of a better way to solve a bunch of serious looming problems all at once than what Buck Adams, founder of Veterans to Farmers has done in the Denver metro area.  Veterans coming back from war or otherwise discharging out of the military Read More

From Guns to Greenhouses

Read the original article at maximumyield.com by Philip McIntosh The transition from war to civilian life can be hard for many veterans. Now, in Colorado, there is non-profit organization that aims to help by training these protectors to become providers… Kevin Lanzi sits quietly next to a 6-ft. Read More

Veterans to Farmers in Boulder Magazine Winter 2012

Read the entire article online - Boulder Magazine Winter 2012 Ten years ago, Kevin Lanzi woke daily to the sounds of mortar shells aimed at his Marine unit’s camp in the Iraqi desert. The guerrilla militias were fairly inaccurate with the mortars, but their more successful sniper attacks and Read More