Heroic Food is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to prepare and train military veterans for careers in sustainable farming, agricultural trades, and food entrepreneurship in a veteran-supportive environment.
Men and women returning from military service suffer a high incidence of unemployment, social dislocation, a loss of a sense of purpose and lowered self esteem. These stresses, with or without the presence of other disabilities, sometimes lead to profound discouragement, frustration, and despair.
Heroic Food was conceived as a way to help veterans address the challenges of transition, while also helping the nation address its growing need for new farmers and burgeoning demand for locally, sustainably grown food.
The Heroic Food Project is designed to embody a working model of sustainability, community, conservation and regeneration.
By equipping veterans with the skills to become providers, growers and builders of a sustainable future. The Heroic Food Project fosters the reintegration of homecoming veterans into civilian life in a way that builds on their skills, honors their service and provides a positive, meaningful, and sustaining role in society.
Farming provides a pathway for veterans to create a good life for themselves and their families, strengthen their communities, and contribute to the national welfare by securing a diverse supply of fresh, healthy food for generations to come. And veterans, with their high degree of fortitude, commitment and resilience, are uniquely suited to the mission of farming.
Heroic Food seeks to provide hands-on farmer training and a robust support system (including affordable housing, mentorship, and facilitated access to health resources) to help veterans achieve positive, rewarding outcomes.