Fellowship program

DVF’s flagship program aims to provide a stipend for Veterans to learn viticulture and agriculture through experiential learning pathways. This program is not yet available however, we are continuing to develop the program with hopes of opening it in late 2023.


Veterans are needed now more than ever to maintain food security for the nation. Soldiering and farming have been intertwined for millennia because both require hard work and attention to detail; while tending the land is perhaps one of the oldest methods of post-war therapy. Holistic farming is a perfect therapeutic and professional alternative for Veterans to find peace and a meaningful occupation. Studies have shown that healthy soil is home to billions of probiotic bacteria that can regulate mood and mitigate the symptoms of PTSD through the release of serotonin via the gut (or lung) to the brain pathway. Not only that, soil can act as a tactile therapy that can help relieve the symptoms of TBI.


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