We empower veterans, active duty service members and their families to establish strong roots in their community.
The Victory Farmers offer opportunities for veterans to transform their mission to one that cultivates life, while nourishing our families, our peers, and those in need.
We empower veterans, active duty service members and their families to establish strong roots in community through continued service, peer-to-peer support, and a deeper connection with the natural world.
Together, we are welcoming veterans home, growing good food and building community.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victory Farm is currently closed to the public. During this time, a core team of veteran volunteers will, once again, grow food for distribution through the Thurston County Food Bank and other community channels.
"This has been just such a positive and awesome experience and I am excited to help more. This was the 1st organization that connected us to the community after the military. GRuB led me to Evergreen [farming program] and this whole thing for agriculture." - 2018 Victory Farmer
About the GRuB Victory Farm
Victory Farm is a safe, non-confrontational environment where veterans work shoulder to shoulder, immersed in the healing nature of the outdoors, agriculture and dirt work. In this environment, we find new meaning and purpose. Stories are shared, new connections are made and roots in community take shape.
We offer hands-on opportunities for veterans to develop their skills in sustainable small-scale urban agriculture and food production. Learning opportunities include (and are not limited to): irrigation, fungi cultivation, vegetable propagation and cultivation, soil health, harvest techniques, and small market management.
Victory Farm is a veteran-led project run as a partnership between GRuB & the Thurston County Food Bank. We invite all interested community members to connect with us to help us prepare the site for our first growing season in 2019.
The Victory Farm is located behind the future Lacey Food Bank at 7027 Martin Way E, Lacey, WA 98516.
Building Community Between Veterans and the Community at Large
Community takes on various forms for Victory Farmers. It is built on the concept that our work is an invitation to participate, learn, teach, and help bridge the divide between veterans and the community at large.
Community integration begins with an introduction, a conversation and active listening. Healthy relationships and human connection are our number one priority. Each participant, from veteran to neighbor makes up one part of our community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering bi-weekly "Vet-Talk" group as an avenue for veterans and veteran allies to connect during social isolation and share up-to-date community resources. For our upcoming schedule and to join in our "Vet-Talks" email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victory Farmers are an integral part of the Victory Garden Project, building gardens with low-income people and families in Thurston County, Washington. From 2014-2020 veterans helped build over 500 gardens in the community. These gardens are providing people with opportunities to increase their health and self-sufficiency by growing good food right in their own backyards.
Cultivating Community & Leaders
Victory Farmers have access to various training, ranging from peer-to-peer support, conflict mediation, facilitation, collaborative & multicultural communication, council practice, to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).