Operation Welcome Home’s Veterans in Agriculture Training program will provide a full gamut of classroom education, hands-on workshops, field trips, and individual needs assessment for our participants. We will begin the program course with classroom instruction on what participants can expect from participating in the program: from learning what a high tunnel is through program completion with a blueprint to success in developing economic self-sufficiency. Participants will have the opportunity to work in the high tunnel as their schedule permits and we will schedule oversight of operations appropriately.
As participants begin to learn, we will host field trips to different, successful, farms throughout the State and allow them to see various opportunities to enlighten them to what enterprises within agriculture they might like to pursue. Essentially, the first year of this project will be “Agriculture 101” for our veterans and not only provide them with the knowledge they will use as a foundation to be successful in the field (whether it be for profit or for social reasons), but also provide them with a tried and true therapeutic outlet and venue.
By sowing seeds and seeing the fruiting of their labor, veterans will take pride in their work and feel accomplished while forming important bonds with both their veteran peers and some non-veteran counterparts. The healing power of agriculture has been a highlight of many veterans’ personal recovery. This will undoubtedly be a win-win situation for all involved.