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Better Together CT, Inc. serves veterans and the community through fellowship, agriculture, and the arts while offering a safe, secure and healing environment.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.’      -Rumi

About

Better Together CT, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit, located in North Stonington, Connecticut, on a parcel of land which will serve as a working farm and retreat for veterans. It offers veteran retraining programs and is unique in this part of the country. 

Veterans will be trained in cutting-edge aeroponic growing techniques for nutritionally dense micro greens, sprouts, and other healthy vegetables. Training will also be provided in forestry and the newly opened hemp industry.  Other forms of occupational training will be added over time, prompted by the interests of the veterans.

Crops will be made available to farm-to-table restaurants, shared with Senior Citizens in the community, donated to local school lunch programs, and also sold in our own veteran-run farm store and farmers markets. 

The farm and retreat are located directly across the street from The Country Wellness Center. Holistic services are offered in conjunction with medical treatment. A specific emphasis has been placed on modalities that address PTSD and TBI along with chronic illness.

In addition, art classes will be offered to the veterans and community as part of a healing regimen; including drawing, painting, pouring, sewing, collage, ceramics, drumming, and more. A very unique feature of these classes is that their focus will be on having a genuine aesthetic experience while working, the process,  becoming a kind of meditation for the participant.

For a more detailed prospectus click here (PDF).

The Team (so far)

Dr. Stefana Pecher – President, Nancy Hilton – Treasurer, Carolyn Howell – Secretary, Troy Zaushny – Director of Arts and Media

Goals for 2019

  • Establish greenhouse crops
  • Find forestry experts willing to educate and train the veterans.
  • Organize and network for jobs for veterans for their transition at the end of their training.
  • Develop other areas of training that would be relevant, and the creation of a country barn store/coffee shop and to develop products for sale.
  • Create a basic art therapy program utilizing renovated space in an existing building, special evening classes would be available to the veterans for instruction in mindful drawing and painting.

Give

What an exciting journey we are on!
We are just getting started, yet things are moving so quickly already.

Your help is critical right now. Please consider a donation of your volunteer time, funds, or in-kind gifts of needed equiptment.

Our wish list:

  • Insulation, wiring (electrician), plumbing, and a septic system for the barn structure to be used for the country store and art classes.,
  • Slab foundation (for a Morton building) and lights for the Greenhouse.
  • Solar panels
  • Art supplies and equipment for therapeutic art classes.

Contact

There is so much about to happen here on the farm!
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