Newsletter – September 2014

Newsletter – September 2014


Good News for Veterans!

Ground Operations was just featured as the front page article on the Good News Network! Check it out!

Read the Good News!

Ground Ops will begin filming interviews with the veterans who are receiving the Homegrown by Heroes  label, at the upcoming National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference.
Learn More!
Review the Film!

If you’ve seen Ground Operations, we need your strong sentence or passionate paragraph about the film.

We need 20-30 reviews, each, for iTunes and Google Play to put Ground Ops on their “recommended” lists.  

Review on Google Play
Review on iTunes
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Farmer Matthew Raiford Steals the Show

Matthew was all over the Farm-to-Table  Symposium. Whether he was cooking up mouth-watering lamb; doing Q&A with me after the Ground Ops screening;  leading a workshop on chefs & farmers developing better relationships; or leading a bunch of us out for culinary treats and art gallery hopping at the “White Linen Night” in the French Quarter, Matthew was all over it.  Next month? Slow Food in Terra Madre, Italy, of course!!

Veteran & Farming Resources


Midwest Film & Farms Tour  Features 6 Veteran Farm Programs

Just in case you thought the Midwest was only corn, hogs & soybeans, think again!!  Veterans like Erich Spielmaker (with the beard) are shaking it up with project like Flintopia, a sustainable living and urban farm project that’s reimagining downtown Flint, Michigan. They are working with the Land Bank, community partners and neighbors, to revitalize Flint.

Or “Veterans Against the War in Iraq” chapter leader, Steve Acheson with his partner Stephanie, and veteran buddy, Todd, who are doing environmental remediation along with growing veggies at Peacefully Organic Produce, in Madison, WI.

Melony Butler has created a haven for vets from Vietnam and Iraq who need a place to land and re-skill, at a defunct school that’s now Eagle’s Healing Nest in Minnesota.

Air Force veteran, Cheryl Besenjak, leads Growing Healthy People in Grayslake, IL (outside of Chicago). Hosted by the Prairie Crossing Farm conservation community & the College of Lake County, she and GHP co-founder Ellen Ewing drew a large crowd to the screening to introduce the farmer-veteran concept to her community.

Des Moines, Iowa welcomed us at the Jasper Winery, with the Women, Food & Agriculture and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  And Green Bay, WI shared their new sustainable Ag program at Northeastern WI Tech College.


If you or your business would like to be part of the solution for veterans and our food system, please contact for a sponsorship proposal.  We need support to:

  • Continue our lineup of national screenings with speakers
  • Distribute the film to veteran service organizations, colleges and libraries
  • Begin production of video vignettes for Homegrown by Heroes
Ground Operations events are more than a screening and farm-fresh food. We bring together community leaders and members, non-profits, and veterans to lead a robust discussion about veterans in farming and our local food systems. The ideas and connections shared at our events plant seeds for positive change for our veterans and communities.
We invite you to join the movement!
Autumn Screenings & Events:
9/20   CA: Oxnard Public Library
10/2   IA:  Iowa Indie Film Festival
10/5   CA: Ventura Public Library
10/20 KY: American Farmland Trust
10/24 KY: Growing Warriors
10/28 CA: Mendocino Public Library
11/8   CA: Santa Cruz Veteran Hall
11/9   CA: Santa Barbara Public Library
11/11 CA: Camarillo Public Library
11/14  IA: Farmer Veteran Coalition


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