Newsletter – May 2016

Newsletter – May 2016



Boys and their Toys – Thanks to AgrAbility

Peacefully Organic Produce just won the lottery.  Due to a 70% disability from two back surgeries while in the military, farmer-veteran Steve Acheson was eligible for funding help through the AgrAbility program. And help he got — a tractor, a water wheel transplanter, a utility vehicle and gas-powered t-post pounder!  Now if they could just find a veteran who wants a PAID summer intern job to learn organic farming, everything would be hunky dory.




A Wee Bit of Mead, Matey?

Navy vet, Frank Golbeck’s Golden Coast Mead (CA) is gaining momentum and they’ve started a Mead Club!

There are two levels: a 3-bottle level, and a 12-bottle level*, both sent out quarterly. Beyond the benefits of delightful mead delivered to your door, the Golden Coast Mead Club entitles you to discounts on mead purchases, complimentary club events, & other goodies

The 3-bottle club will be shipments of the California Traditionals and sour meads that you already know and love, while the 12-bottle club also includes special release meads that will be available nowhere else.

Click here for details to join the club

Summer Workshops

The Art of Fermentation – Artisan Cheese Making –  Intro to Dairy Craft – Growing Hops – Hemp Bound – Organic Beekeeping – Holistic Orcharding – Food Writing – the list goes on & on.

Chelsea Green, an employee-owned, independent publisher of food & farming books, is coordinating their authors with the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vermont. These continuing education courses offer agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners a chance to receive hands-on, in-depth instruction from skilled practitioners.  It’s like a grown-ups summer camp!

More info at:

Short Film Premiere:
Ten Thousand Miles

Nate Ellis  is a veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan. He is now   a graduate student in the USC Film School and this short film is his graduate film project and is based on his own experiences in love and war.

A handful of L.A. veteran friends and I will be attending and if you’re in L.A., come on down, it’s open to the public:

June 14th at 7:30-8:30pm
Bob Hope Patiotic Hall
1816 So. Figueroa St., Los Angeles

Watch the Trailer Here

Urban Youth Farm Camp

Veteran Kelly Carlisle’s urban youth farm project, Acta Non Verba, is creating a safe haven for children in East Oakland, CA, a place better known for its crime rate then fresh veggies. She believes that “every child deserves a safe space to get their hands dirty and learn about where their food comes from.” These kids have their own CSA, where they raise & harvest fresh food, with all profits going into education funds for them. Want to support kids for her summer camp?  

Outpost Training Survey  

Growing Veterans is developing a certified peer-support training in addition to their food production program. If you are interested in learning how to incorporate Growing Veterans’ model in your own projects, be sure to fill out their Outpost Training survey.  

Learn more about the organization empowering military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other in Washington State, at their new website:

Upcoming Screenings
5/25  WV: Patriot Farmers of America6/5 Denver, CO:  Veterans to Farmers
Fundraiser at Denver Botanic Gardens

6/7 Colorado Springs: CO:
Stakeholders screening for military & civic leaders at Ventucci Farm.

6/20 Lompoc Valley, CA:
Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association presents for the Vandenberg Air Force community.

For more info on screenings, click here!



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