Project Victory Gardens

Project Victory Gardens We are a veteran owned and operated farm dedicated to helping military, families, and veterans build resiliency through agritherapy and provide a wholesome food source to our local community.

Operating as usual

Five spots open for the Thanksgiving Farm to Table Experience! RSVP today to the link provided! If you have absolutely n...
11/07/2021
Thanksgiving Farm to Table Experience | Victory Gardens

Five spots open for the Thanksgiving Farm to Table Experience! RSVP today to the link provided! If you have absolutely no interest in processing your own, we will have a few fresh turkeys available for purchase. PM us for details!

Do you want to provide the best for your family's Thanksgiving Table? Come by the farm and take part in selecting and processing your turkey for a true Farm-to-Table Experience!

We still have some turkeys available for your #thanksgivingdinner! RSVP today to our Thanksgiving Farm to our Thanksgivi...
11/03/2021
Thanksgiving Farm to Table Experience | Victory Gardens

We still have some turkeys available for your #thanksgivingdinner! RSVP today to our Thanksgiving Farm to our Thanksgiving Farm to Table Experience!

Do you want to provide the best for your family's Thanksgiving Table? Come by the farm and take part in selecting and processing your turkey for a true Farm-to-Table Experience!

We had a great day on the farm! This morning we gave a virtual tour to the Virtual South Carolina Charter School, we lea...
10/30/2021

We had a great day on the farm! This morning we gave a virtual tour to the Virtual South Carolina Charter School, we learned about the platform we'll use to navigate the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Ag Conference, then we had a few folks stop by to look at the pigs and turkeys. We love showing off our animals and it's even better when we can help others build their farms!

#heritagebreeds #stillserving

We had a great day on the farm! This morning we gave a virtual tour to the Virtual South Carolina Charter School, we learned about the platform we'll use to navigate the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Ag Conference, then we had a few folks stop by to look at the pigs and turkeys. We love showing off our animals and it's even better when we can help others build their farms!

#heritagebreeds #stillserving

Everyone is "abuzz" about our bees 🐝! Even Southern Living jumped on the story! #BeeMindful #cultivateresiliency #vetera...
10/29/2021
Non-Profit Beekeeping Program Helps Ease Anxiety and PTSD in Veterans

Everyone is "abuzz" about our bees 🐝! Even Southern Living jumped on the story!

#BeeMindful #cultivateresiliency #veteranshelpingveterans #beekeeping

In 2019 the Rutters founded Project Victory Gardens, a veteran-led non-profit farm dedicated to agritherapy, animal therapy, and farm education for military members, veterans, and their families on 20 beautiful acres in Aiken, South Carolina.

We don't know what a two-week notice looks like for an LGD, but this must be close. #icanteven #livestockguardiandog #cu...
10/26/2021

We don't know what a two-week notice looks like for an LGD, but this must be close.

#icanteven #livestockguardiandog #cultivateresiliency #greatpyrenees

We don't know what a two-week notice looks like for an LGD, but this must be close.

#icanteven #livestockguardiandog #cultivateresiliency #greatpyrenees

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Please go visit our friends at Shooting Star Acres!
10/22/2021

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Please go visit our friends at Shooting Star Acres!

Come enjoy a festive day in small town Dearing! Shooting Star Acres is a veteran owned and operated Farmstead and Small Farm Animal Rescue opening our gates for the first time. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity! Be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon) for a sneak peak behind the scenes of farm and nonprofit rescue life.

You will be asked for a $5 donation per person upon entering. All funds go towards our nonprofit rescue efforts.

*No Pets Allowed*

Thanks so much to WJBF NewsChannel 6 for coming out and highlighting our work with the Augusta VA Medical Center!#cultiv...
10/21/2021
Beekeeping therapy helps Augusta VA veterans battle PTSD, anxiety

Thanks so much to WJBF NewsChannel 6 for coming out and highlighting our work with the Augusta VA Medical Center!

#cultivateresiliency #BeeMindful #veteranshelpingveterans

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) — When Kara and Matthew Rutter retried from the Army, they knew they wanted to serve the veteran community. “There are a lot of veterans getting out of the military who rea…

We were blown away by the support the Augusta VA Medical Center provided this Veteran! It was our honor to host their fi...
10/05/2021

We were blown away by the support the Augusta VA Medical Center provided this Veteran! It was our honor to host their field trip!

Thanks to Johnson's Bees and Supplies for suiting him up!

Missed Farmer Bootcamp? Check out this awesome video of the day on the Farm by one of our participants! Video Credit goe...
09/18/2021
South Carolina Farmers Bootcamp 2021

Missed Farmer Bootcamp? Check out this awesome video of the day on the Farm by one of our participants!

Video Credit goes to Kristie-Ann Naki! Thank you for sharing the experience from your perspective!

Photos from South Carolina Department of Agriculture's post
09/17/2021

Photos from South Carolina Department of Agriculture's post

Farmer Bootcamp was a great success! We had so much fun spending time with 20 aspiring Veteran Farmers! We also learned ...
09/17/2021

Farmer Bootcamp was a great success! We had so much fun spending time with 20 aspiring Veteran Farmers! We also learned the important lesson that you still have to farm in the rain!

Thank you so much to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture for hosting this wonderful program, the Farmer Veteran Coalition of South Carolina, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Matson Consulting, SCORE Mentors, Clemson Extension, Aiken County Clemson Extension, Clemson Extension Agribusiness, Roamin' Acres, and Shooting Star Acres for taking time to speak with the attendees, and Blue Collard Catering for providing a fantastic lunch that allowed everyone to come in out of the rain!

#farmerveteran #stillserving #veteranshelpingveterans

We've been quiet lately, because we are in full preparation mode for the inaugural South Carolina Farmer Bootcamp! This ...
09/14/2021

We've been quiet lately, because we are in full preparation mode for the inaugural South Carolina Farmer Bootcamp! This awesome event taking place tomorrow and Thursday will present an amazing opportunity for transitioning Veterans interested in Agriculture! We are thrilled to announce that not only did this event fill up, we actually had a wait list! Luckily, we were able to accommodate everyone! Stay tuned for pictures of the event! It will be epic!

Farmer Veteran Coalition of South Carolina | South Carolina Department of Agriculture | South Carolina Department of Veterans' Affairs Clemson Extension | Aiken County Clemson Extension | Farmer Veteran Coalition

We've been quiet lately, because we are in full preparation mode for the inaugural South Carolina Farmer Bootcamp! This awesome event taking place tomorrow and Thursday will present an amazing opportunity for transitioning Veterans interested in Agriculture! We are thrilled to announce that not only did this event fill up, we actually had a wait list! Luckily, we were able to accommodate everyone! Stay tuned for pictures of the event! It will be epic!

Farmer Veteran Coalition of South Carolina | South Carolina Department of Agriculture | South Carolina Department of Veterans' Affairs Clemson Extension | Aiken County Clemson Extension | Farmer Veteran Coalition

Photos from Rutter's Ranch's post
09/03/2021

Photos from Rutter's Ranch's post

Update: We have reached our capacity on this first iteration of Farmer Bootcamp.  We will continue taking wait list rese...
08/27/2021

Update: We have reached our capacity on this first iteration of Farmer Bootcamp. We will continue taking wait list reservations while we verify the eligibility of those who registered. We are thrilled with the response and hope to offer this program several times a year around the region in the future.

We are so excited to host Farmer Bootcamp with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Farmer Veteran Coalition of South Carolina! We only have a few open seats, so book today! This opportunity is open to anyone currently eligible for their service Transition Assistance Program and their spouse. That includes ANY retired service member, any transitioning service member, and any Veteran that transitioned within the last 180 days.

Note: Several people have had difficulty registering, if you have any problems, please send us a message and we'll get you set up!

https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/farmer-bootcamp

Update: We have reached our capacity on this first iteration of Farmer Bootcamp. We will continue taking wait list reservations while we verify the eligibility of those who registered. We are thrilled with the response and hope to offer this program several times a year around the region in the future.

We are so excited to host Farmer Bootcamp with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Farmer Veteran Coalition of South Carolina! We only have a few open seats, so book today! This opportunity is open to anyone currently eligible for their service Transition Assistance Program and their spouse. That includes ANY retired service member, any transitioning service member, and any Veteran that transitioned within the last 180 days.

Note: Several people have had difficulty registering, if you have any problems, please send us a message and we'll get you set up!

https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/farmer-bootcamp

Come on out and join us for Farmer Bootcamp! Register today at https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/farme...
08/23/2021

Come on out and join us for Farmer Bootcamp!

Register today at https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/farmer-bootcamp

We have a few slots left! Reserve your spot today!

Are you a transitioning service member, retired service member, or recently transitioned veteran interested in farming? Don't know where to start? Then you need Farmer Bootcamp! This two-day program is open to anyone currently eligible for their service Transition Assistance Program and their spouse! We will have speakers from a wide variety of Agricultural and Agribusiness Services!

Register today at https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/farmer-bootcamp

South Carolina Department of Agriculture | South Carolina Department of Veterans' Affairs | Clemson Extension | SCORE Mentors Project Victory Gardens | Farmer Veteran Coalition | Matson Consulting

Piper, our registered Mangalitsa sow gave birth to 6 beautiful piglets, yesterday! We are so excited to be part of the g...
08/21/2021

Piper, our registered Mangalitsa sow gave birth to 6 beautiful piglets, yesterday! We are so excited to be part of the growth of this amazing breed!

#mangalitsa #lardcore #bringbackthelard #pigletsofinstagram

I know I CAN! Three salsas, three types of pickles, Dill relish, chicken bone broth, and fig preserves! Still have some ...
08/07/2021

I know I CAN! Three salsas, three types of pickles, Dill relish, chicken bone broth, and fig preserves! Still have some peaches to put up tomorrow! This is what's left after the canning class participants stocked up!

#ballcanning #preserveyourfood #farmkitchen #canning #arethepicklesreadyyet #ofcourseican

I know I CAN! Three salsas, three types of pickles, Dill relish, chicken bone broth, and fig preserves! Still have some peaches to put up tomorrow! This is what's left after the canning class participants stocked up!

#ballcanning #preserveyourfood #farmkitchen #canning #arethepicklesreadyyet #ofcourseican

I think I CAN, I think I CAN! That's a lot of canning! #canning #preserveyourfood #summertastesgood #pickles #ballcannin...
08/06/2021

I think I CAN, I think I CAN! That's a lot of canning!

#canning #preserveyourfood #summertastesgood #pickles #ballcanning #thepicklesarereadyonthanksgiving

It's canning time! Still a few tickets left to First Saturday on the Farm: Of course I can! Please remember, this is a t...
08/06/2021

It's canning time! Still a few tickets left to First Saturday on the Farm: Of course I can! Please remember, this is a ticketed event, so RSVP today!

https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/of-course-i-can-preserving-the-summer-bounty

It's canning time! Still a few tickets left to First Saturday on the Farm: Of course I can! Please remember, this is a ticketed event, so RSVP today!

https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/of-course-i-can-preserving-the-summer-bounty

How do you cap off three days of butchering chickens? By making 20+ quarts of Chicken Bone Broth, of course! Need some f...
08/05/2021

How do you cap off three days of butchering chickens? By making 20+ quarts of Chicken Bone Broth, of course! Need some free range chicken bone broth? Join us for First Saturday on the Farm: Of course I can! and take some home!

#ofcourseican #pressurecanning #chickenbonebroth #farmkitchen

08/03/2021

Sometimes everything goes well on the farm and sometimes you are trying to catch chickens in the pig pen at 11 PM. We've been processing chickens for two days and we still have 5 holdouts. After some flanking maneuvers and a solid feint, 4 of the last 5 are in the pen!

#nightpatrol #stillfarming #cultivateresiliency

Are you a transitioning service member interested in farming? Don't know where to start? Then you need Farmer Bootcamp! ...
08/03/2021
Farmer Bootcamp | Victory Gardens

Are you a transitioning service member interested in farming? Don't know where to start? Then you need Farmer Bootcamp! This two-day program is open to anyone currently enrolled in their service Transition Assistance Program and their spouse! We will have speakers from a wide variety of Agricultural and Agribusiness Services!

Register today at https://www.projectvictorygardens.org/event-details/farmer-bootcamp

South Carolina Department of Agriculture | South Carolina Department of Veterans' Affairs | Clemson Extension | SCORE Mentors | Certified South Carolina | Project Victory Gardens | Farmer Veteran Coalition | Matson Consulting

Join us for two days of agribusiness instruction, hands-on demonstrations, and panels with agricultural experts and other Veteran Farmers.

07/28/2021

Just goatin' around!

#goatsofinstagram #babygoats #cultivateresiliency

We got home for our vacation just in time to be here for our last goat kidding of the year! Lollipop popped out two ador...
07/19/2021

We got home for our vacation just in time to be here for our last goat kidding of the year! Lollipop popped out two adorable little boys! They are all doing well! Looks like Tigger must be the daddy, because they definitely don't have the Nubian ears!

#goats #babygoats

They may look peaceful right now, but they are the best defense we have against predators on the farm. Our animals sleep...
07/11/2021

They may look peaceful right now, but they are the best defense we have against predators on the farm. Our animals sleep peacefully at night knowing that Blue and Bobo are on duty!

#livestockguardiandog #greatpyrenees

They may look peaceful right now, but they are the best defense we have against predators on the farm. Our animals sleep peacefully at night knowing that Blue and Bobo are on duty!

#livestockguardiandog #greatpyrenees

What does farm to table really look like? A savory waffle made with our eggs, topped with fried quail eggs, fresh tomato...
07/10/2021

What does farm to table really look like? A savory waffle made with our eggs, topped with fried quail eggs, fresh tomatoes straight out of the garden, farm fresh goat milk feta cheese, prosciutto, mangalitsa pesto, and basil #8!

#CertifiedSC #homegrownbyheroes #knowyourfood #knowyourfarmer

Not a bad way to end the day! #sunset #farmlife #peace
06/15/2021

Not a bad way to end the day!

#sunset #farmlife #peace

Not a bad way to end the day!

#sunset #farmlife #peace

Instinct is a pretty awesome thing. Ever since Bobo was hurt, when we walk him outside he looks for one specific plant a...
06/14/2021

Instinct is a pretty awesome thing. Ever since Bobo was hurt, when we walk him outside he looks for one specific plant and starts eating it. Today, I finally got around to checking my plant identification app and he has been feasting on Goldenrod. Goldenrod is a medicinal plant that has been used to treat inflammation, pain, and fight infection. There are hundreds of different plants on the property, but he knows exactly which one to eat.

#nature #medicinalplants #whotaughthimthat #goldenrod

Instinct is a pretty awesome thing. Ever since Bobo was hurt, when we walk him outside he looks for one specific plant and starts eating it. Today, I finally got around to checking my plant identification app and he has been feasting on Goldenrod. Goldenrod is a medicinal plant that has been used to treat inflammation, pain, and fight infection. There are hundreds of different plants on the property, but he knows exactly which one to eat.

#nature #medicinalplants #whotaughthimthat #goldenrod

06/08/2021

Farmers have a love-hate relationship with the rain. There are few things more miserable than trying to get everyone fed in a downpour. But the next morning, when the gardens seem to have grown feet overnight and the sunflowers are blooming we are always thankful!

#rain #gardenlife #stillfarming #ifitaintraining

Calling Farmer Veterans in the CSRA, we are putting together the menu for our Basil Tasting Dinner for local chefs and w...
06/07/2021

Calling Farmer Veterans in the CSRA, we are putting together the menu for our Basil Tasting Dinner for local chefs and want to highlight your farms! Let us know what you will have available the week of June 21st!

#farmerveteran #homegrownbyheroes #certifiedsc

Calling Farmer Veterans in the CSRA, we are putting together the menu for our Basil Tasting Dinner for local chefs and want to highlight your farms! Let us know what you will have available the week of June 21st!

#farmerveteran #homegrownbyheroes #certifiedsc

The basil has been tasted and the results are in. We have made the first cut and picked our top 20 favorite basils.
06/07/2021

The basil has been tasted and the results are in. We have made the first cut and picked our top 20 favorite basils.

Spent the morning sampling all the basil! We have over 60 different varieties of basil growing in our aquaponics system. Today, we narrowed that down to our top 20, that we will begin cultivating for sale. If you are looking for a special basil for your restaurant or event, give us a call! We will grow a proprietary basil for your establishment!

#basil #holybasil #aquaponics #farmerveteran #basiltasting #supportlocalfarmers #certifiedsc #homegrownbyheroes

Bobo is back home! The amazing staff at CVETS Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty did phenomenal work get...
06/04/2021

Bobo is back home! The amazing staff at CVETS Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty did phenomenal work getting him patched up. He had lost a lot of blood and was in shock when he arrived there yesterday. Two blood transfusions and a lengthy surgery later, he is doing well. It will still be a long road to recovery, as he sliced all the way through his tendon.

He will be inside for the next 6-8 weeks. He has never been inside and finds TV quite intriguing. I'm sure that fascination will pass.

Bobo says, thank you for your thoughts and prayers (and please send treats)!

#greatpyrenees #livestockguarddogsmakebadpatients #itwillbealongsummer

Bobo is back home! The amazing staff at CVETS Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty did phenomenal work getting him patched up. He had lost a lot of blood and was in shock when he arrived there yesterday. Two blood transfusions and a lengthy surgery later, he is doing well. It will still be a long road to recovery, as he sliced all the way through his tendon.

He will be inside for the next 6-8 weeks. He has never been inside and finds TV quite intriguing. I'm sure that fascination will pass.

Bobo says, thank you for your thoughts and prayers (and please send treats)!

#greatpyrenees #livestockguarddogsmakebadpatients #itwillbealongsummer

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With one third of American farmers over the age of 65, there is a critical shortage of individuals entering the agriculture industry. At the same time, we have record numbers of veteran unemployment, PTSD, su***de, and other challenges that naturally follow almost two decades of sustained war.

Project Victory Gardens is an agritherapy program designed to Cultivate Resiliency among our Nation's veterans. Through exposure to farming techniques, artisan homesteading classes, and participation in resiliency exercises, Victory Gardeners will experience a reawakening of the drive and sense of purpose that they had in the military.

Established by Matthew and Kara Rutter, Project Victory Gardens is a veteran operated program in Aiken, South Carolina. Matt and Kara served a cumulative 45 years in the U.S. Army, culminating at Command Sergeant Major and Sergeant Major, respectively. Matt and Kara are both qualified Master Resiliency Training instructors who use their resiliency skills every day. While some of those resiliency skills are built through formal programs, it often comes in the mundane tasks around the farm: feeding chickens, milking goats, or pulling weeds in the garden. Project Victory Gardens is set on twenty beautiful acres with a 4-acre pond. Surrounding the pond is a zen trail where one cannot help but gain balance and perspective.

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Almost time for elevenses! Thank you for sharing the fruits of your labor; the apple butter is scrumptious, as was your friendship bread!😋
Hello, I am a fellow vet who is in the process of creating an online farmers market for small farmers, bakers, gardners, and ranchers. I would like to help you market your food. Here is a small example of our marketing. We would love to have you in our Fresh Food Nearby group. We are launching in about a week.
Mary Coffey
Hi! Can spouses of Vets & service members help out?
Thank you guys for the video footage input. You are an inspiration.
can't wait for spring to start something, so...… 40 dwarf red cherry tomato plants, just starting to flower... they grow only up to 12" tall, perfect for the grow lights. Another grow light in the front living room, with romain lettuce just happy as can be.