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The objective of this program is 
to enable participants to own and operate 
a long-term sustainable, successful new business.

Growing microgreens is the business.

The program is open to everyone
but we focus on Veterans.

Because we owe Veterans...everything.
And many Veterans want to own their own business.
And Veterans make great farmers.

Veterans as beginning farmers?
Click HERE and HERE and HERE.

There is significant demand all across the USA for 
locally-grown fresh produce
like the nutrient-packed microgreens shown above.

However, locally-grown fresh produce
is typically not available out of season because
every part of the country has seasons.
Plants grow in some seasons and not in others.
Look at the chart below
to see what that means in Virginia.

So, we farm inside buildings,
where we create the season and control the conditions,
and locally-grown fresh produce becomes available,
within a few miles of where it is consumed.

We use a growing system that combines technologies
in a new and innovative way.
We grow in 100% natural compost that we make,
without chemicals or pesticides,
no matter the season outside or the weather.

Our system is environmentally sound,
uses minimal water and electricity,
and avoids the high costs of hydroponics, 
greenhouses, and high intensity discharge lamps.

We like to repurpose existing, vacant buildings.
Unused, vacant city- or county-owned buildings
are ideal candidates.

Our building had sat unused for 14 years.

Veterans can use their benefits
to take a fully-funded and accredited
business program at a community college, 
with their living expenses paid,
while they prepare for and start their own indoor farm.

Non-Veterans can access
similar state and local funding mechanisms.

Our students can market and sell 
their produce through our co-op

Commercial Indoor Farming
as a profitable new business? 
That's right.
Come visit our indoor farm and training center
in Lynchburg, VA.

...we see a year-round indoor growing facility.
Where you see an unused building...
COPE International-USA
Creating Opportunities through Partnership and Education

Commercial Indoor Farming
a Sustainable Program for
Long-Term Business Ownership
Researchers found microgreens…contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. –WebMD