Newsletter – September 2013

Two film festivals, three military bases, two universities and a goat farm.
Ground Operations is on the move!


September is shaping right up…

Ground Operations is the cover story for this month’s issue of Organic Gardening magazine — Woo hoo!

You’ve been cheering us on as we produced the film, now we can all celebrate as Ground Operations is rolling out across America.  Our documentary film and social action campaign is engaging people eager to help support the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning to civilian life with new careers in sustainable farming, pasture-raised livestock ranching and artisan food production. 
We’re having a swell time, showing the film, sharing good organic food and drink, meeting folks and introducing communities to the amazing men and women who’ve shifted from the military to producing good food. We’ve recently welcomed veterans Edgar Hercilla, aquaponic fish & herb farmer; Jerome Yoscovits, Kaught Up Ketchup (organic, heirloom tomato); and Frank Golbeck, beekeeper and alchemist of Golden 
Coast Mead to speak at our screenings and introduce their products to our audiences.

Thanks to all of you who came and made our events such memorable evenings.”Come on down” to those of you who haven’t joined our mission yet!

Sept. 5-7: DocUtah International Film Festival

St. George, Utah – Saturday, 1:00pm
Black Box/Dolores Dore Eccles

Sept. 15-17: West Doc & Reality Conference

The Landmark, West Los Angeles
The film industry’s “who’s buying what” at cable stations, digital platforms and foreign sales for documentaries and reality series.

Sept. 20-27: The Washington state tour:

Port Townsend Film Festival:  
9/20 at the Silverwater Theater @ 9:00am; 9/21 at the Peter Simpson Free Cinema @ 6:15pm

Bellingham benefit screening for Growing Veterans : 9/25 at Western Washington University, Rm. AW-204, from 7:00-9:00.
Founder Chris Brown will be speaking about Growing Veterans, a new farm program training veterans in organic agriculture.
Bremerton Naval Base & Shipyard: 9/26 at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton, from 7:00-9:00. Veteran Chris Brown speaking.
Event also benefits Growing Veterans to help them get through their first year in operation.
University of Washington and Joint Bases Lewis-McChord (Army/Air Force) Tacoma: Carwein Aud., Keystone Bldg. Veteran Brian Kerrigan.
Brian served 2 tours in Iraq.  Event benefits Abbey Rose Farm, his new dairy goat farm.

Sponsorship for the 24-City National Tour    
Join the Mission & Share the Vision
It’s time to stop blaming or begging the government for help. Let’s roll up our sleeves, be good neighbors and build local food systems that nourish both people and planet. If you, or someone you know, might want to participate with (tax deductible) funding for this project, we will be happy to send you our Sponsorship Opportunities Proposal, either online or hard copy.
  • Be a local hero, sponsor screenings for a farm, a city or state
  • Scholarship a free military base screening 
  • Enjoy shout-outs and branding opportunities
  • Join in the fun with good food, film and farmer-veterans

Thank you for helping us to create a more just, sustainable and delicious world,

Dulanie Ellis & Raymond Singer, Producers
The whole Ground Operations team


Upcoming Events




Farmer Veteran Coaliton
Berkeley, CA




Washington DC




Growing Warriors
Berea, KY




Capitol Hill
Washington DC



Screening Events

Ground Operations combines delicious food, local veterans speaking and a film screening. We’re raising funds to support the national network of vets in sustainable farming, ranching & artisan food production.


Ground Operations
206 S. Blanche St.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-1133

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