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VETERANS TO FARMERS
Veterans to Farmers (VTF) helps veterans return to civilian life by training them in agriculture. This ultimately leads to urban homesteading and/or business ownership. The program teaches veterans how to set up new colonies, conduct routine inspections, mitigate losses, and harvest honey. It provides a way to help establish the well-being of American veterans returning from service back to civilian life. As a vetran-owned and operated business, Frangiosa Farms is proud to support VTF and its mission by donating a portion of the proceeds from its various brands to help educate, train and equip veteran beekeepers.
For more information, visit www.veteranstofarmers.org.
Frangiosa Farms is pleased to announce its commitment to help veterans nationwide transition from “Protector to Provider,” through the Denver-based non-profit Veterans to Farmers program. The mission of Veterans to Farmers trains vets and assists them in providing essential skills in agriculture, tech and business operations to help them lead a more fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle.
Nick French, our founder and “Bee Shepherd” is a former U.S. Marine and has been involved with Veterans to Farmers since 2013. Nick relates to the non-profit’s mission in many ways both as a veteran and farmer. “I feel a solid connection to my brother and sister veterans, which is why I am donating 10 cents from every jar of Colorado Hemp Honey that we sell to the Veterans to Farmers program. We want to make a difference and help veterans earn college credits and valuable skills that lead to jobs.”
A farmer by trade, French grew up on a small farm in Northwestern Ohio where the primary crops were beans, corn, and wheat. After spending five years in the Marine Corps and many years overseas, Nick returned to the family farm nearly 12 years ago where he learned to become a beekeeper. Today, Nick manages our 150 bee colonies as well as our hemp fields!
Earlier this fall, Frangiosa Farms donated $10,000 to Veterans to Farmers during the charity’s annual fundraiser held at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. “There are hundreds of veterans waiting to join our program. Thanks to Frangiosa Farms and Colorado Hemp Honey’s support, their donation will go far and will train veterans in food and agriculture,” said Rich Murphy, Executive Director of Veterans to Farmers. “We are grateful for Nick”s dedication and commitment to our mission.”
About Veterans to Farmers
Founded in 2009, Veterans to Farmers trains veterans to excel in agricultural systems, technologies, and business operations for a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle. The Veterans to Farmers program provides a way for vets to recover, to learn, and to move forward by becoming providers, contributing to the solution of our food-insecure nation. Veterans to Farmers assist veterans in assimilating effectively, productively, and permanently into private citizenry through agricultural training and education.
We are honored and inspired by the mission at Veterans To Farmers and we are pleased to continue to support them in the years to come!