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 Outreach and Communications Manager, Sean Dalgarn: dalgarn@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, 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: "Thank you 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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A big thanks to @USCG Station Bellingham for a great volunteer day!
We incorporated compost into our rows for planting, and got our hoophouse plastic squared away for our tomatoes and peppers!

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Chicken treats! Courtesy of @scratchandpeck

Garlicopalypse! We have 4 foot snow drifts over our Crystal Inspiration Garlic from @inspiration_farm. Luckily, we have them all tucked away under straw and compost.
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Glamour shots of our girls (and possibly a rooster or two). Join us on April 26th for a workshop with @scratchandpeck to learn more about raising chickens and how to sprout your own feed. Hope to see you there!! #growingveterans #scratchandpeckfeeds #whatcomcounty #barredplymouthrock #chickensaredinosaurs #poultry #chickensofinstagram #whatcomchickenwonks

Got some great experiments going with @whatcomcc Geology Department! Students gathered data for a number of different tests, to include infiltration, road run-off, and soil nutrient quality. We actually have data from the last 4 years thanks to this program!
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Huge shoutout to our friends at @therestore_bellingham for donating these pallets to make our raised flower beds. Extremely grateful for their support, and we’re excited to collaborate with them in the future. #community #bellingham #workingtogether #reusereducerecycle #veterans #veteranshelpingveterans #repurpose #therestore #whatcom #makingconnections

Huge thanks to @myriadcbd and @veteranreboot for a great CBD Clinic at the Lynden Farm!
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Just another day on the farm.
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Many thanks to Jim Wolfe and folks at The Biella Foundation for their generous donation of a farm truck!
We are so thankful for the support this organization has shown for our mission. This Ford F-150 will be put to great use on and off the farm!
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Our first finished raised bed, Bjorn approved! We will be planting poppies in remembrance of the lives lost in The Great War (WW1). From @theamericanlegion: “After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines”. #wavetcorps #veteransconservationcorps #ww1rememberance #flandersfields #poppies #growingveterans #zachyarrington #vfwpost9301 #americanlegion #therestorebellingham #raisedbeds #certifiedorganic