In-Soil Farming – Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farm

The partnership between Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farm and VTF is focused on connecting veterans to a farming career via a 10 week, 150-hour training program. Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge that is not only breathtaking but also productive; every year they fed hundreds of local families through their CSA. The program focuses specifically on small-scale organic vegetable production in a way that engages the mind, body, and soul through a holistic approach to sustainable living. During the 10-week training program participants will discuss key farming/business topics, work/train with Chatfield Farms staff, tour other local farms, and review the farm’s business plan as a group. This class is taught by DBG Education Coordinator Jamie Wickler.  Upon completion, veterans are awarded a Certificate of Completion recognized through CSU’s Extension Office.  Come see why this partnership has created one of the most veteran recognized farming programs in the nation.

In Soil Farming Topics

Farming Topics:

  • Soil Health
  • Seeds, Plant Propagation
  • Irrigation
  • Pests and Disease
  • Farm Equipment
  • Harvest/Post-Harvest
  • Beekeeping
  • Cover Crop
  • Canning, Preserving
  • Mindfulness

Business Planning: (held in winter months) 

  • Goal Setting
  • Mission/Vision Statement
  • Strength/Weakness Analysis
  • Crop Planning
  • Profit/Cost Analysis
  • Record Keeping
  • Marketing
  • Grant Writing
  • Agri-Tourism