Farm cultivates new life for disabled veterans

By Emily Hoover |
Photos by Robert H. Heinrich

Down a long dirt road on the border of Duval and Clay counties, where the open air is clean and the sun just begins to peek through the clouds, is a farm that houses organic fruits, vegetables, livestock, honeybees and other commodities.

But for Adam Burke, founder of Veterans Farm, this farm is far from ordinary. The disabled combat veterans who work the farm during a six-month fellowship are more valuable than the goods they produce.

“I am very selective in [the veterans] I choose,” Burke, a U.S. Army veteran, said. “This is not about a paycheck. It’s about tranquility, peace in life, people who are looking for a change, to grow in their lives.”

SIFE Blog: Vote for Veterans!

Flagler SIFE is asking the public to support veterans by going online and voting for Veterans Farm. Voting for the contest is from March 7 through April 3. To view the video and vote, go to Get on the Shelf.
Watch Veterans Farm video on YouTube

Flagler College’s Students in Free Enterprise team is working on a project to change the lives of disabled combat vets by landing a veteran-made product on the shelves of every Walmart store.

SIFE Blog: Made it through the first round

Made it to the Top 20 in the 2011 SIFE National Exposition! We will be presenting again on Thursday at 11:05 a.m. The awards ceremony was a lot of fun. Our treasurer, Estefania Mones, received recognition for two scholarships and Michelle Olson-Rogers received the SIFE…

SIFE Blog: Nationals!

The team practicing the presentation in our hotel. We safely arrived in Minneapolis, MN! We have been enjoying the wonderful food options in the city and the cool weather. We travel around indoors through skyways or as we call them, “gerbil tunnels.” Some of our…

Setting it Straight: Containers for a Cause

Setting it Straight is a radio talk show on Flagler College Radio WFCF, 88.5 FM Radio With a Reason. Every week, two Communication students, Lauren Belcher and Kelly Gibbs, bring in a local resident and discuss important issues in St. Augustine. The show airs every Thursday morning at 7:30.

This episode we spoke with Flagler SIFE adviser Donna DeLorenzo about the “Containers for a Cause” project, which is geared to help with the homeless problem in St. Augustine, as well as create jobs for work release prisoners.

Flagler SIFE kicking off containers project

By Kelly Gibbs |

Flagler’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will become one step closer to changing the lives of countless people on Wednesday of this week.

Throughout the month of December, starting Dec 1, SIFE will be trying to get as many votes as possible for their project to win a quarter of a million dollar grant through the Pepsi Refresh Challenge.

SIFE Blog: Project Update

By Neil Boyle |

Containers for a Cause
Containers for a Cause is one of our newer projects, started last semester, it is one of our largest and fastest growing. Containers for a Cause takes used shipping containers and transforms them into low income housing.

SIFE Blog: Summer Project Update

By Victoria Van Arnam | Shelia Acharya working with a Nepalese woman in a language lab. This month Flagler SIFE has been busy working on the Suruwat Refugee program and Containers for a Cause. Sheila and Barry finished the script for the second Suruwat…

SIFE Blog: TEDx Creative Coast

By Victoria Van Arnam | Counter Clockwise, Victoria Van Arnam, and Renée Chiaverini pose with the Loci Design interns Walter Woods and Clayton Dodd in front of the TEDx sign. On Friday, Flagler SIFE and Loci Design exhibited at the TEDx sponsored by Creative…