Growing Veterans received our 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 2015 and was designated the IRS Tax ID number of 47-2225742. Since late 2012, our project has been empowering military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other; and previous to incorporating as our own organization in October 2014, we were operating under the fiscal sponsorship of another 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

Please feel free to review the following records:

If you are seeking additional records, you may contact the following staff members:

Board of Directors:

We are very grateful for the Growing Veterans’ Board of Directors. They are very much a working board and have begun to focus on strengthening board structure and long-term governance strategies. If you have a passion for Growing Veterans’ mission and possess the professional skills that would enhance our board, please contact our Board President:

Christopher Brown, MSW. President. Co-Founder of Growing Veterans. PTSD counselor for combat veterans. Purple Heart recipient, Marine Corps veteran. Whatcom County Veteran’s Advisory Board Member. Member of WWU’s Human Services Advisory Committee. The Mission Continues Alum. AmeriCorps Alum.


Bill Smith, Ph.D.. Vice President. Professor Emeritus of WWU. Taught English and Technical Writing for 35 years. Edited the national journal Writing Program Administration. Serves on various boards and committees that pertain to technical writing. Past Chair of the Speakers Committee for WWU Retirement Association. Son of WWII Veteran who fought in 12 battles with the 1st Marine Division.



Richard Forsell. Secretary. Attorney at Law. Practices business law in Kirkland, WA. Does various pro bono work for non-profits that he is passionate about,




Arie Greenleaf, Ph.D. Board member. Marine Corps veteran. Researcher and Professor at Seattle University.