Pilot Horticultural and Sustainable Agricultural Training
for Veterans in Treatment

Veterans interested in Agricultural career fields will have an opportunity to receive no cost training via Chapter 31 benefits that will enable them to meet eligibility requirements for employment while engaged in treatment and will have a support network available to encourage, assist, and help them process challenges faced during their unique experience.

Participants will:

  • Become trained and marketable for employment;
  • Gain a send of purpose, build self-esteem and improve mental health;
  • Experience an increase of physical activity and improve physical health;
  • Learn about farmers markets and health food options to improve diet;
  • Increase opportunities for socialization and community integration;
  • Be offered an opportunity to participate in TSES work therapy, which pays a stipend and increases housing options.

Lunch, transportation and a small education stipend will be provided. Participants must be referred by their VA case worker.


February 11-May 17, 2019

Session One: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:30am – 2:30pm

Session Two: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm

May 20-August 23, 2019

Session Three: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:30am – 2:30pm

Session will be held for 14 weeks, 3 days per week, 5 hours per day.

For more information, contact the following programs within the VAMHCS Mental Health Clinical Center:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Support Assistant: 410.642.2411 ext. 5821
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) Program Support Assistant: 410.642.2411 ext. 5678 or

Community Partner TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Therapy Center Executive Director Cate Murphy or Farm Manager Nan McKay at 410.825.2020.