Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields

America needs a million new farmers. Veteran's want the job! Help us spread the movement.
Dulanie Ellis
Ojai, California
United States
4 Team Members


A Solution for Veterans!

"Veterans need real options when they are coming back, they dont need programs or some pamphlets or a little bit of counseling. They need options that are going to allow them to take care of their families, pay their bills, and start a new life!" - Phil Northcutt, US Marine Corp


Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields is a social action campaign featuring a Documentary Film, a companion E-Book, and a National Tour. Our goal is to strengthen the veterans-in-agriculture network and increase their resources, so that they can create healthy new lives for themselves and sustainable food security for us all.

America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job!

Join the Mission. Share the Vision!

Your donation will help us get this film to veterans, farmers, military personnel, and food loving communities all across this country. 

  • $25,000 = A 25 City National Tour 
  • Starting in Washington DC for the G.I. Film Festival and Congressional Events; May 6-12.

Donations beyond our $25,000 goal will help:

  • Expand the national tour.
  • Build the veterans-in-agriculture network.
  • Secure our digital distribution platforms.

Other ways to get involved:

  • Join the Ground Operations team on our website.
  • Host a screening.
  • Donate products and services.
  • Who do you know? Connect us with people who can move this forward.
  • Contact your congressional reps to support veterans-in-agriculture.
  • Help us connect with the White House.


Why Does This Matter?

Our warriors are returning from battle. They're having a really tough time coming home to high unemployment, PTSD and pain killers, delayed disability claims, and astronomical suicide rates. They need better alternatives. They need a new mission. 

At the same time, we are losing half of America's food producers to retirement. The USDA is calling for one million new farmers and ranchers to fill the gap.  

Agriculture's problem is the veterans' solution. 

What Are We Doing About It?

Ground Operations tells this compelling story through the very veterans who are bucking the odds on farms across America. Our approach is very practical ... throw a benefit screening for a local veteran/farm: show the film, talk with the vets, find the Ag-mentors who can help them with their new career.  

We have already begun using the film to spread the movement! Our first three benefit screenings resulted in tearful rousing standing ovations, connecting veterans, farms, resources, and new friends to join the movement.

Dozens of cities and military bases have requested Ground Operations. We can't get there without your help!

What Do YOU Get?

By supporting the Ground Operations campaign YOU can be part of a REAL solution for veterans and farmers in America ... and eat well! 

Many of our Perks are purchased from Veteran-Farmers, so your donations directly support their businesses. 

Multi-Level sponsorship gifts include:

  • Veteran-Farmer Produced Artisan Treats
  • Ground Operations Gear
  • VIP Screenings
  • Vacation Getaways
  • Producer Credits 

Remember, your donation is tax-deductible through From the Heart Productions, 501(c)(3).


Help us get the word out about the GROUND OPERATIONS campaign! Use the convenient IndieGoGo sharing tools to tell your friends online. Don't be afraid to go old school and have a conversation in person or make a telephone call! Every action counts!

"As a combat soldier I was involved in a lot of destruction. Working with living plants, seeing them thrive, does something on a very deep spiritual level." - Mike Haines, US Marine Corps
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  • $20USD
    Private Plant!

    Jump-start your garden with plenty of seeds and a kick start of compost tea! • Peaceful Valley Organic vegetable seed pack • Sacred Cow biodynamic compost tea bag (for 5 gal. of "alive" plant food)

    11 claimed
  • $35USD
    Seedling Specialist!

    Look the part in a Ground Ops 100% organic Patagonia cotton T-shirt

    10 claimed
  • $50USD
    Compost Corporal!

    Alert your troops with these special notecards and a shout out to your favorite Veteran Farmer! • Set of 8 Limited Edition photo-notecards made especially for us by Mickey Clayton of Dot Ranch Churros, a wounded warrior who is raising the oldest varieties of heritage breeds in America. • Shout Out! We will promote your favorite veteran farmer and their farm via our social media networks.

    3 out of 30 claimed
  • $100USD
    Soil Sargent!

    Get informed by watching our documentary and look the part in your very own Ground Ops uniform! • Exclusive Blu-Ray DVD of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields • Ground Ops 100% organic cotton T-shirt

    9 claimed
  • $250USD
    Orchard Officer!

    Watch our documentary then raid your veggie bed full of food supplies! • Exclusive Blu-Ray DVD of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields • Ground Ops 100% organic cotton T-shirt • A choice of Veteran Farmer Artisanal Products • "Veggie Bed" the perfect reusable produce bag • Peaceful Valley Organic vegetable seed pack

    2 claimed
  • $500USD
    Landscape Lieutenant!

    Attention! Polish your boots for a special occasion! • 2 VIP tickets to a screening near you • Dinner with one of the Producers of the film or a Local Farmer Veteran • Subscription to your regional Edible Magazine

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $750USD
    Crop Captain!

    Support your Local Veteran Farmers out in the field and at home! • 2 VIP tickets to a screening near you • Dinner with one of the Producers or a Local Farmer Veteran • Subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine • A choice of Veteran Farmer Artisanal Products

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  • $1,500USD
    Mulch Major!

    Report for vacation-duty in Ojai, CA for a Film Festival weekend! Ojai is a charming artists' town in a rural valley near Santa Barbara, known for its galleries, spas, early-California Mission architecture, spectacular hiking, orange blossoms, and horse ranches. • 2 night stay in one of the Producer's guest suite or at a local inn • All-Access Pass for 2 people to attend the Ojai Film Festival with one of the Producers • Honor Roll on our website and companion book

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  • $2,500USD
    Colonel Cultivator!

    Bring the Ground Ops troops home and honor an organization or veteran of your choice! • Be the host of a special screening in your community coordinated by our team • Honor Roll on our website and companion book

    0 out of 6 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Garden General!

    Lead your platoon to Stinson Beach for a quick getaway! Escape to Northern CA, steps from the sand, next to a national park and a few minutes to the Green Gulch Zen Farm. This quaint creekside home is a 4-minute walk to town. • Associate Producer Credit • Sleeps 6 people for 3 nights* • Ojai Pixie tangerines are in season and a 10-lb box will be delivered to you immediately! *Mutually agreed upon date

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $10,000USD
    Field Marshall!

    Pack up and ship out to Bali for a one-week mission! Set in the picturesque village of Ubud, next to terraced rice fields, slow your internal clock down to an Equatorial pace as you lounge before a swim. • Executive Producer Credit • The home sleeps 4 in the 2-bedroom/2 bath + loft in Balinese splendor* *Mutually agreed upon date

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