Fowler's R&R Ranch Corp provides assistance to returning soldiers in their transition to civilian life by providing a low-stress working and living environment with mentoring in technical skill building. Specifically, we specialize in agriculture, farming, and gardening as well as other hands-on activities and learning opportunities surrounding farm work and local business. As an organization we are largely self-sustaining and our contributions to the community through an array of value-added products enrich Vermont’s locally—based food market.
In keeping with Vermont values of agriculture and local sourcing, we unite veterans with their community through marketable skills such as farming, mechanics and woodworking.
Using local resources to train the veterans in farm work will offer professional potential, as well as provide a therapeutic environment to transition back to civilian life. Vermont is going through a transition as well. Smaller, family—style farms are more at center stage as interest grows in local, sustainable production. These farms are diversifying and increasing their value—added products, which change according to season and harvest. We follow this model and use our finest produce to feed our volunteers as well as teach cooking skills.
We will also provide education in valuable technical skills, ideally supplementing mechanical skills veterans may have already acquired during service.
About the Owner
The owner, Bruce Fowler, is a veteran with infantry and helicopter training. In 1970 he was drafted and served as a sergeant in the infantry in food service until his discharge in 1976. Bruce reenlisted in the National Guard in 1990 and trained on all stations of the 155 Howitzer. He was to be deployed to Iraq but the war ended before the unit left stateside. In 1996 he transferred to the Mountain Battalion 3rd 172nd Infantry.
During his service, he was assigned to food field service. His unit competed for the Connelly award and won in Vermont, New England, the Northeast and came in second in the National competition. He was assigned to Task Force Redleg and was prepared to go to Afghanistan but a dislocated shoulder prevented his deployment. Bruce was then assigned to the Ethan Allen firing range and ran the kitchen feeding 400 to 500 soldiers a day. He retired from the service in 2010. From 1989 to 2009 Bruce was a foster parent to 20 troubled teenagers and 7 adults, improving their ability to become self-sufficient and self-supporting. He is well versed in the therapeutic qualities of farming and other hands-on useful work for emotionally challenged individuals.