Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden (VEBCOG) is a non-profit organization designed to reintroduce unemployed, disabled veterans back in to the workforce as a productive, employable individual. VEBCOG will provide temporary employment and training during the post-war transitional phase. Urban farming is incorporated in the program as a peaceful means of rehabilitation for the veterans, who have previously faced more trying and violent situations while in the service. An employable veteran will not be achieved based solely on their daily work done in the urban farm. With the combination of health and wellness, life skills and workforce training assessments throughout the program, the desired outcome is the employable individual. In this business, the organic vegetables and produce are equally as important as the well-being and success of the veterans.
The mission of Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden is to assist disabled and homeless veterans in acquiring transitional employment and job skills and to provide Craven County with certified organic produce. An additional goal is to assist veterans who are looking to farming as a career by providing workshops and networking opportunities with agricultural agencies and local farmers. The intended market of VEBCOG’s agricultural training is the transitional veterans of Craven County within the eastern North Carolina area. By partnering with the local military bases in the area and other service providers, potential participants will be identified and assessed to determine eligibility in the program.