About The Program

The Program

"Changing Disabled American Veterans Lives One Family At A Time." 

Our sole mission is to build the farming system and train the family to operate a sustainable earth friendly farm with year round production so they have a real income rather than forced to live on disability or public assistance. Studies show that farming is very therapeutic . Horticultural therapy (HT) is accepted as a beneficial and effective therapeutic for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; depression; and anxiety. While we are not therapists, we are a dedicated group who have seen the miracle healing that farming and self reliance has had on the lives of many who struggle with the emotional and mental scars that come from being on the front lines. The program is also open to veterans with physical disabilities that may limit them for employment opportunities in their community.

Healing. Independence. Financial stability.

The Facility @ Liberty Farms

Our training facility, to be built summer 2016, will be centrally located in Woodward, Oklahoma. The facility comprised of a gutter connected greenhouse building covering just over one and a half acres under phase one with a total of nearly five acres when phase three is completed in 2017. There will be four prefab housing units on the site that will serve as living quarters for the trainees and an additional three RV pads with full power, sewer and water connections for those that would like to bring their RV to serve as housing during training and for guests that visit the facility. A small cold storage unit will also be on the site where each days harvest will be held awaiting daily shipping.

Inside each 1.5 acre greenhouse will be a state of the art, commercially proven aquaponics system with forty-eight 1200 gallon fish tanks and growing space for over 91,000 plants. This system when completed will produce nearly 93,000 pounds of fish and over 11,000,000 heads of lettuce per year. Traditional farming methods would require over 60 acres of soil to produce the same quantity of lettuce and 90% more water.

Why so large you ask? Simple. The system will encompass the entire growing cycle, from seed to finished product, from egg to harvestable fish at all times allowing us to compress the training cycle from one year to 8 weeks.

But there is another very important reason for the scale of this working farm. The output from this farm will help to make the program self sustaining. Once production begins the facility will earn as much as $500,000/year under phase one. By the end of phase three (9 acres) the facility will produce an income of approximately $9 million/year due to size and additional varieties of produce. The proceeds of this output will then be channeled to fund the program without relying on a continuous stream of donations and grants to continue our mission.

Here at Liberty Farms the trainees will learn the skills required to run their own successful farm back home.

  • Organic crop production
  • Organic fish production
  • Environmental systems
  • Water quality management
  • Natural chemical free pest control
  • Organic Certification
  • Computer Software
  • Accounting
  • Marketing

If selected, Liberty Farms will arrange travel to and from our facility and the candidate veteran will live on site in comfortable housing about the size of a 2 bedroom apartment complete with laundry and kitchen. Candidates will be encouraged to bring their families along and share in the training experience. Upon completion of the training program each candidate will be evaluated for suitability to advance to the next level of the program. Liberty Farms will assist in the application for required permits or licenses for the farm system we will construct on the graduates property at home. We provide all materials for and construct the entire operation and guide them through the startup process and ensure they have all of the special tools and equipment that will be required for a successful family farming operation. We are dedicated to their success and will make every effort to find a way to make this program work for them. Should a candidate not graduate the training program we will make every effort within our means to find them the help they need to get them to a place where we can get them started.

 


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Liberty Farms is a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) (3) donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.. See your tax professional.

Donations to Liberty Farms provide start-up funding, training, agricultural opportunities, tools & equipment to qualifying Veterans. Recipients agree to "Pay it Forward" by hiring fellow vets in their growing businesses and contributing a small portion of their proceeds for a limited time back to Liberty Farms.

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