Join us in support of Veteran Community Farm! From 4pm-8pm, 15% of ALL SALES will be donated to this wonderful organization!
Veteran Community Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting in the reintegration of veterans into civilian careers by acquiring the skills needed to operate sustainable agriculture through aquaponics farming.
Veteran Community Farms (VCF) is excited to announce a partnership with
another not-for-profit, Riverbend Environmental Education Center (REEC),
to bring an exciting new project to fruition. VCF is a 501c3 non-profit
dedicated to assisting in the reintegration of veterans into civilian
careers by teaching them skills acquired through the daily operations of
a sustainable agricultural program known as aquaponics. Through an
operating agreement, Riverbend will build and own the new 4,380 square
foot greenhouse facility in Gladwyne, PA and VCF will operate the daily
operations of growing the crops and delivering them to market. Veterans
will be offered a combination of employment, peer support and therapy.
This timely and innovative partnership will contribute to the regional
community in a multitude of ways, enabling both partners to expand our
work to help a broad spectrum of people. Our respective missions work
well together to build strong communities and this project will benefit
both of the partners by adding a dependable earned revenue stream to each
VCF provides a form of horticultural therapy within aquaponics farming to
returning veterans in a peer-supported environment. After the veterans
complete the training program, steady employment opportunities are made
available if desired by the veteran. This enables them to continue their
call to serve by providing sustainably grown local produce all year long
to the community through restaurants and markets.
Aquaponics has been widely determined to be the most sustainable,
naturally grown agriculture for the future. The combination of aquaculture
and hydroponics, Aquaponics is the science of growing fish and plants
together in one integrated, soilless system. The re-circulating system
uses the fish wastewater to provide a nutrient rich fertilizing source for
the plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish
live in. In a closed loop system, the water from the fish tank flows into
channels or a grow bed that hold the plants and delivers a constant flow
of nutrients to the root systems that hang into the water. As each plant
receives nutrients, it also filters the waste that is toxic to the fish.
After the process is complete, the cleansed water is returned to the fish
tank to repeat the process. This allows for maximum production while
utilizing minimal resources of water and power.
Besides the recognized and accepted therapeutic benefit of growing food,
the veterans are also employed and may be tasked with logistics, system
maintenance, delivery, sales, and customer service depending on their
comfort level. The process builds a strong skill set that can be utilized
to obtain employment in many fields to complete the reintegration.
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