Therapeutic farming, gardening and beekeeping programs for military veterans

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Bees 4 Vets (Washoe Valley, NV)
Our mission is to assist military veterans impacted by PTSD or TBI who are trying to transition back into the general workforce through vocational beekeeping experiences in the local community; combining outdoor activity, education and community outreach to create an environment of support and training where veterans can develop the interest and skills necessary to participate in beekeeping as a vocation or hobby.

Beekeeping can be very satisfying for those suffering from PTSD or TBI. Beekeeping has been known to be a good vocation or hobby for disabled veterans since at least the end of World War I.

Bees for Vets (Viking, MN)
Bees for Vets is a grassroots one on one beekeeping program for veterans. I help veteran and civilians with their bees and beekeeping. My veterans program is free as is much of the equipment needed to start a colony. The bees are also free to the veteran. In return the veteran learns about beekeeping in the north through working with me and the bees. I am a 16 year veteran of the USAF. I've been using bees as my quiet therapy for years now.

Bee Veterans (St. Paul, MN)
Bee Veterans was founded in honor of veteran and beekeeper Michael Roche. His strong belief in the therapeutic benefits of beekeeping for returning Veterans inspires us to provide the materials and training necessary to make beekeeping an integral part of Veterans’ lives. The Bee Veterans program is a partnership of the UMN Bee Squad and the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The Bee Veterans Apiary is located at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

Bee Veterans functions as free beekeeping workshops for veterans. Participants will be provided with protective clothing and tools, and will work with UMN Bee Squad beekeepers to learn about bees and to try their hands at working in the hives.

Boots to Bees (Ohio Valley, WV)
The United States is currently battling two major epidemics: the loss of 1) the bees that are vital to pollinating our food supplies and 2) our veterans to suicide and debilitating mental afflictions. In addition, veterans often struggle financially when they return to civilian life. 

This Boots to Bees ™ Project joins the forces of partners across the nation to help address both issues while creating business opportunities and work for veterans (and any interested family members) and positively affecting the health of the nation’s food and honey supplies.

We invite you to join us.

F.A.R.M. - Farmers Assisting Returning Veterans
F.A.R.M. is a nonprofit organization established to assist veterans transition from military service to civilian life. We believe in a multi-faceted therapeutic approach: agricultural therapy, recreational therapy, and professional medical treatment. 

Farmer Veteran Coalition
The mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition is mobilizing veterans to feed America.

We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems. We believe that agriculture offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits.

Freedom Farm for Vets (Wadsworth, IL)
Freedom Farm for Vets is a safe place to go any time a veteran needs a break from the daily stresses of life. All vets and members of their family are welcome. Here we don’t use words like “handicapped” or “challenged”. The farm is about vets helping vets, the farm feeding the hungry in our community, and in time experiencing the rewards of another kind of service.

If you or someone you know is a veteran, give us a try. This is a special place. We are grateful for your service and we’re here if you need us.

Gardens for Heroes
Gardens For Heroes mission is to foster the well-being and success of veterans and their families through the gift of gardens. Its purpose is to honor service, heal wounds and create opportunities through therapeutic and social horticulture. Our programs include the creation of private gardens at the homes of military families, public gardens in their communities, and a veteran horticulture work program.

Walter Reed National Medical Hospital has been a leader in using therapeutic gardens to heal our wounded veterans. Gardens For Heroes extends and continues that healing process after veterans are released from the hospital and return home. The benefits to the veteran, their family and their community are substantial and long lasting. These benefits reach well beyond individual healing into community development and economic impact on a national scale. With public and private partnerships, we are developing solutions for urban reclamation, food desert solutions and job creation.

Growing Veterans (Mount Vernon, WA)
Using the farm as the catalyst, we provide opportunities for veterans to engage in peer-support and engage with the broader community.

Heroes to Hives (East Lansing, MI)
Heroes to Hives is a unique program through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping. Veterans leave our program with a broad depth of beekeeping knowledge, as well as personal and professional relationships that open up new opportunities and ensure long-term peer support.

Parchment Valley Veterans Therapeutic Programs (Ripley, WV)
Our mission is to reconnect veterans to family and community by providing non traditional therapeutic services and programs such as agri-therapy.

S.A.V.E. (Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education)Farm (Manhattan, KS)
Our mission is to provide a training farm with an adjacent clinic, assist servicemembers and veterans to transition, to find purpose and meaning in life and enable them to learn valuable vocational skills to meet the demand for agricultural ownership, employment, or other advanced schooling. Facilitate healing for those in need and place those trained on working farms.

A gap exists between the need for new farmers in our country and a large potential population of new farmers that exists within our veteran and transitioning servicemember populations. The average age of farmers in the U.S. is approaching 60 with 40% over 65. Sixty-three percent (63%) of our farms may be in the last generation. Therefore succession planning is critical in the country's farming future.

2.3 million veterans and transitioning servicemembers are looking for a meaningful way to live life. A high percentage of them indicate an interest in farming. Therefore, a tremendous opportunity exists.

To bridge the gap, a pathway to farming for our veterans and servicemembers is needed.

Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education, or S.A.V.E farm, will bridge the gap providing a home-like training center where they can learn to farm and heal as they are brought into the culture of agriculture.

Upon completion of training, transitioning servicemembers and veterans will be matched with mentor farmers with the potential to work on, manage or own a farm.

Urban Ark Conversation (Effort, PA)
Urban Ark Conservation is a young non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded and operated by an Army veteran. Our mission is centered around wildlife preservation of various endangered species of herpetofauna, and the conservation of endangered breeds of livestock. 

Our goal is to create an entirely sustainable homestead on our 11 acre property in Pennsylvania. This facility will be utilized to educate and train sustainability practices as well as hold workshops for veterans suffering from PTSD. Construction on our aquaponics greenhouse is underway, and we hope to be able to provide organic, non gmo, and pesticide free foods soon! We will also be working closely with the Livestock Conservancy, and our chosen heritage stock will be carefully monitored and controlled, keeping our animals healthy, genetically diverse, and maintained in pastured areas on non gmo diets.

Education, and sustainability are key to the conservation of species, natural habitats, and fragile ecosystems.

Veterans Art and Farm Therapy (Suffolk, VA)
Our mission is to provide free support for mentally ill veterans and their families using Stargazer Stables' farm facilities for therapeutic treatment and reconnecting family units. The farm acts as a catalyst allowing veteran families to work through interpersonal relationships in a less stressful environment using nature as a tool for positive change.

Farm Therapy - We create a place to work the earth and heal the mind and body through agricultural endeavors. Veterans and families are given the opportunity to work with hydroponics greenhouses and raised bed gardening to make plants grow. 

Veterans Farm (Jacksonville, FL)
Our mission is to help veterans reintegrate back into society through the use of our Beginning Farmer fellowship program. While working together in a relaxed, open environment veterans will work as a team to develop solutions that will enable them to overcome physical and mental barriers.. Through our training fellowship program veterans will learn the skills and gain the education they need to start their own local farm or to work for larger farming organizations.

Veterans Healing Farm (Hendersonville, NC)
We exist to serve veterans by offering workshops on innovative farming techniques and foster a thriving micro-community of veterans and civilians who build deep friendships and cultivate emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Additionally, we support our nation's veterans by growing and donating high-quality fruits, vegetables, and flower bouquets to veterans and their caregivers free of charge.

Veterans Victory Farm (Northern Illinois)
Provides training and employment for veterans, including veterans suffering from TBI or PTSD and young men and women with high capabilities who have hidden disabilities or special needs. The farms will provide local, fresh produce, grown naturally, in a sustainable manner, to sell wholesale and to the community.

Veteran Victory Farm (Fizwilliam, NH)
The Veteran Victory Farm is a groundbreaking concept on a beautiful, eighty-acre working farm that provides a home for veterans with substance abuse issues and mild TBI. Residents tend the farm's organic vegetable garden and care for a variety of farm animals ranging from horses to cows to pigs to chickens.

The program offers a unique opportunity for a lifestyle change to homeless veterans seeking success in the transition between residential treatment programs to independent or transitional housing.

The facility is staffed with experts and advocates who provide medical treatment and psychological counseling. The Veteran Victory Farm is an affordable alternative for drug and alcohol free living in a peaceful and safe environment. Each veteran has the opportunity to grow and cultivate their own future surrounded by fellow veterans on a gorgeous New England landscape. Additionally, the farm provides eggs and pork products to all Veteran Homestead facilities.

VetREST seeks to establish for profit organic farms for each chapter. Each farm will house veterans recovering from PTS, teach them how to farm and for those who desire, help them one day own and operate their own farm. This not only helps our veterans but also our nation!

Victory Farmers (Olympia, WA)
The Victory Farmers offer opportunities for veterans to transform their mission to one that cultivates life, while nourishing our families, our peers, and those in need.

We empower veterans, active duty service members and their families to establish strong roots in community through continued service, peer-to-peer support, and a deeper connection with the natural world.

Together, we are welcoming veterans home, growing good food and building community.

West Virginia Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture (West Virginia)
The VWA allows veterans to work with fellow veterans to learn about agricultural practices that will help them harvest crops and grow food.
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