CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: CCUA will carry forward with the crop plan at the Veterans Urban Farm, and we will continue to engage our Transitional Work participants from the Truman VA Hospital. We will be taking measures to maintain adequate distance between staff and program participants.
The Veterans Urban Farm had a ribbon cutting and ceremony on this years, snowy Veterans Day. We are excited about this partnership with the Harry S Truman VA Hospital. Our organizations have entered into a three-year agreement to use this site as a tool to help veterans improve their health and their lives. Patients at the VA will have the opportunity to serve as paid apprentices, working to maintain this site over the course of the growing season, through the VA’s Compensated Work Therapy Program. Fruits and vegetables grown on site will be sold to the public, donated to local veterans and used in health-focused programming at the VA. The site will be used by patients at the VA hospital who participate in Recreational Therapy Programs, MOVE! Weight Management Classes, the Healthy Teaching Kitchen, and Whole Health Imitative. This space won’t just be used for gardening, it will be used for thoughtful reflection and yoga. We’ll host events like barbecues, family fun nights, and volunteer workdays to create a healthy space for veterans to gather and build community.
Spring 2020 will kick off the first growing season for the Veterans Urban Farm programming, with the new Farm Program Manager leading this partnership.
For media coverage of this new program, please view the links below.