A Working Ranch That Restores Purpose And Spirit To Veterans Of All Ages.
Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) is a 19-acre working farm in a rustic setting that promotes the healing of combat trauma across the lifespan. Central Oregon is home to approximately 20,000 veterans including those who served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and numerous other military operations.
In 2016, Redmond Rotarian and veteran Marv Kaplan approached the Ranch and asked what type of project might be helpful. He took the “Greenhouse Project” by the horns and ran with it and it has become a wonderful example of veterans and community working together.
With Marv’s help, nine Central Oregon Rotary Clubs (Redmond, Sisters, Bend, Bend-Mt. Bachelor, Greater Bend, Bend High Desert, Sunriver, Crook County-Prineville, and Jefferson County-Madras) contributed to help COVR obtain a $22,000 grant from Rotary International, and many community businesses joined the effort, resulting in a $59,000 project.
The Greenhouse serves as a therapeutic environment for veterans to participate in the growing and harvesting of produce, as well as a vehicle for learning vocational skills and connecting with the broader community. It also contributes to sustainable revenue for the Ranch.
The 20×40 foot Greenhouse has been retro-fitted with thermostatic propane heaters, expanded raised beds, and shelf space for maximum production. The 2017/2018 winter season saw production of lettuce and microgreens sold at local restaurants. Grants have been applied for to continue to expand production capacity, with plans to diversify produce and engage more veterans in this special project.
COVR Greenhouse Orientation
First Monday of every month from 12-2pm OR drop in Thursday or call us 541-706-9062 to come out for a tour/orientation at 65920 61st St., Bend, OR. https://www.covranch.org/greenhouse.html.