What We Do

The Farm

Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Puget Sound, our certified organic farm serves as the cornerstone for Growing Veterans. This is where our peer-support and community engagement ethos come to life. We invite folks from all over the community to come and join us, because it’s impossible for a veteran to fully come home without being an active member of their community again. Vet's are welcomed home, stereotypes are broken, and friendships are formed.

Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact our Farm Manager, Joel Swenson: swenson@growingveterans.org

Click here to find farm address, map, and directions.

Veterans

We are a place you can find purpose and camraderie again. We serve as a professional stepping stone, giving vets an opportunity to build their resume and their individual skill sets. Opportunities for vets to get involved include employment, professional volunteerism, internships, and work-study. Activities with us do not have to be limited to peer-support, farm, or market - we have veterans helping out with organizational development, fundraising, business and community networking, and educational projects.

Community Members

We show you how to truly live out the phrase: "Thanks for your service". We provide a means for veterans and the community to work alongside each other. By sowing seeds in the fields together, we also sow lasting friendships and help bridge the gap between the military veteran and civilian populations. A day on the farm with our vets removes previously held stereotypes and shows our community that veterans are assets and allies in the sustainable agriculture movement. The honor and support we’ve received from the community has been invaluable. We couldn’t exist without you!


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Bath time!

Doc Swenson @joelerik giving one of the chickens some much needed attention.

Just added some new employees to the team at Growing Veterans #veteranfarmers #veteranagriculture #raisingchickens #babychicks

New employee

Our Barred Rock chicks are doing great! We chose the this breed mainly for dual purpose eggs/meat, as well as being tolerant to the cold, wet winters up here in the PNW.
We are also going to be making a chicken tractor for our fields this winter to help with soil health. Stay tuned for more clips as these little turds grow!

Our fields are cover cropped and put to bed until Spring. Time to begin working on 2019 crop plan, Organic Certification, seed order and greenhouse maintenance.
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Our new flock of Barred Plymouth Rock chicks are doing great!

Some of our Coastal Star Romaine from @osborneseed in the hoophouse