Outreach to veterans is notoriously challenging. Many programs have been ineffective due to ineffective outreach, bureaucratic process, unaffordable tuition or housing, and lack of one-on-one veteran support. Heroic Food, with its lean, dedicated grassroots structure, offers:
- Veteran-Led Recruitment: Heroic Food partners with other veteran groups as well as military transition programs to effectively reach potential participants.
- Affordability: HF provides affordable housing and tuition and earn-while-you-learn income opportunities during training.
- Mentorship: The Training Program Manager, a veteran, provides one on one learning support for trainees; facilitates communication with mentor farmers; maintains a network of local resources to ensure trainees’ access to medical, therapeutic and other services if needed.
- Family Partners: Farming is a family business. Space permitting, Heroic Food encourages spouses (or other family partner) to live and learn alongside their veterans.
Farmer Veteran Network: Heroic Food acts as a clearinghouse and networking hub for trainees during and after their program tenure. By connecting trainees with other farmer-veterans, as well as with ongoing professional development, access to farmland, and farm business training, we aim to ensure their success and sustainability as farmers.