War Veterans Turn to Farming to Cope with PTSD


BY LAUREN ROTHMAN -    Last year was a historic one for veterans seeking a rehabilitative career path upon returning home from conflict zones. 2014’s Farm Bill, which was a disappointment in some areas—notably when it comes to food stamps—recognized veterans as a distinct class of beginning farmers, creating a number of loans, outreach assistance, and training programs specifically available to vets interested in working the land. One program alone—the National Institute of Food and Read More

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 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

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee

Veterans to Farmers has been nominated for the Mamma Chia Entrepreneur of the Year Award through Slow Money, with a chance to win $50,000! Please help us win by VOTING once a day through April 16th. 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