VA Farms - VA Portland Health Care System
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VA FARMS (Veterans Affairs Farming and Recovery Mental Health Services)

Incorporating Nature and Gardening for improved Health and Well-being

VA FARMS offers horticulture classes and hands-on work in the garden for socialization, skill building, and vocational training. As part of Whole Health, VA FARMS focuses on physical activity, mental well-being, personal development, and positive surroundings. We provide Veterans with agriculture vocational training and mental health services as an integrated part of your health care team. Join us to connect with peers and learn about the many local and national community resources centered around agriculture and horticulture for Veterans.

VA FARMS is available to all VA-enrolled Veterans in the Portland metro area and outlying communities across the states of Oregon and Washington.

Virtual Horticulture classes offered through VA Video Connect (VVC)

- Hydroponics

- Bee keeping

- Greenhouse production

- Landscape maintenance

- Vegetable gardening

- Houseplants (Interior plantscaping)

- DIY garden projects

   ...and more!

Current offerings and schedule

Gardening Therapy - Online -  Horticulture, Health, and Well-being; Live horticulture demonstrations and hands-on training. Grow your green thumb, learn a new hobby, or develop trade skills for a new job! Some gardening items supplied (mail or delivery) and select garden plots also available to you!   
Classes are offered online Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday for 60-90 minutes, beginning February 8 
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- Class themes rotate weekly

            - Each VVC class is 60-90 minutes and offered weekly

            - Monday

            - Tuesday

            - Thursday

How to participate in VA FARMS

- No referral needed

- For direct access, contact VA FARMS at 360-737-1441 or e-mail brenda.taylor2@va.gov

- You can also contact your provider or care team to ask them to enter a consult for Whole Health-VA FARMS

- Guests in the same household are welcome

VA FARMS garden sites

- VA Vancouver Clinic (near the Memorial Gardens and the History Museum)
1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661
(Click here for VA Vancouver VA Campus Map)
Photo of VA Farms Vancouver Site

- Portland VA Medical Center, Veterans Healing Garden (Building 100, 1st floor)
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239
Photo of VA Farms Veterans Healing Gardens / PVAMC Site

- VA Fairview CBOC garden site at City of Fairview Park Cleone
2063 NE 213th Ave., Fairview, OR 97024 
Photo of VA Farms Fairview Site

VA FARMS Contact Information:

Phone: 503-220-8262 ext. 31441 or 360-737-1441
E-mail: scott.hoffman3@va.gov (Therapeutic Garden Coordinator)
brenda.taylor2@va.gov (Recreation Therapist) 

Mailing Address:

VA Portland Health Care System
ATTN: P2WHOLE-VA FARMS
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239 

VA FARMS Staff:

Scott Hoffman, MS
Therapeutic Garden Program Coordinator

Brenda Taylor, MS, CTRS
Recreation Therapist

Robert Coffield
Garden Assistant

Steve Kwak, BS
Whole Health Coach

“Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription and has no limit on dosage”

Contact Info

Location

  • Vancouver VA Campus, 1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661; near the Memorial Gardens and the History Museum.
    Portland VA Medical Center, Veterans Healing Garden; Building 100, 1st floor
    VA Fairview CBOC garden site at City of Fairview Park Cleone, 2063 NE 213th Ave., Fairview, OR 97024

Contact Number(s)

  • 503-220-8262 Ext. 31441
  • 360-737-1441

Hours of Operation

  • Varies
    Varies