Events & News


Growing Veterans has received media attention for its innovative programs, being featured from the local Bellingham Herald, our regional KING 5 News channel, and national outlets like NPR, USA Today, and NY Times, and more!

We have also been published in the inaugural issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Veterans Studies (click here for PDF or abstract)

Watch featured videos or scroll down for news stories:


Growing Veterans from Note Suwanchote on Vimeo.

MLK Day - A Community In Action from Dan Hammill on Vimeo.

In the News

  • GV Featured on Veterans Day 2018

  • Inspiring story about Joel Swenson, GV's Farm Manager and Afghanistan veteran (October 2018).

  • Radio host Guy Occhiogrosso President/CEO of the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce talks to with Michael Frazier, Growing Veterans Executive Director (June 2018)

  • Feature Article (March 2017)

  • Immersive story featuring our Co-founder and Marine Purple Heart veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan (July 2016)

  • (March 2015) Growing Veterans featured on KING 5 news, showing our peer-support in action.

  • Front Page (April 2017)

  • Features Executive Director Kenny Holzemer in “From the Ground Up” interview. (July 2016)

  • Featuring our Co-founder and Marine Purple Heart veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan (July 2016)

  • J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize Award (November 2015)

  • “Growing Veterans wins $175,000 mentoring grant”

  • “What’s Kaplan Doing with Its Innovation Prize? And what have they learned?”

  • New generation of veterans are finding new ways to serve after service (November 2015).

  • (November 2015) “Markets on a Mission to Support Veterans”

  • (October 2015) An up-to-date snapshot of our new farm site in Skagit County and developing programs.

  • (July 2015) Humbling write up and video featuring one of our veterans and Gold Star Family members.

  • (June 2015) Great update on GV’s development and ongoing operations.

  • (2015) Updates on Growing Veterans and their national recognition of the Hill Vets 100 list.

  • (2015) Growing Veterans recognized on the national HillVets 100 list!

  • (January 2015) Chris Brown’s “How heavy is thy burden?” Republished on

  • (August 2014) Veterans look to farming to grow and heal

  • (September 2014) To save family farms from corporate buyout, retiring farmers connect with a new generation.

  • (April 2014) 42 minute segment with our Director discussing the most recent status of Growing Veterans developing operations

  • (June 2014) Front page feature about our operations and future goals!

  • (April 2014) Our Director discusses foundation story and a bit about our developing Outposts.

  • (Nov. 2013) does a great job highlighting the successes from our first season

  • (June 2014)Highlights the amazing work being done at our 21 Acres Outpost!

  • Highlights the trend of veterans becoming farmers, featuring Growing Veterans

  • (June 2014): a solid write up about GV!

  • Learn about how Growing Veterans is helping local veteran college students

  • Highlights combat veterans using farming as a source of personal and professional development, featuring Growing Veterans

  • A great spread about what we do and why we do it

  • Learn more about Growing Veterans

  • A 30 minute segment highlighting our humble beginnings!

  • Learn a bit about how we got started

  • Our director is quoted back when Growing Veterans was just a dream… great article about local food systems