Zephrine Hanson, Air Force veteran, founder of Hampden Farms and recent winner of WeWork’s $10K Black entrepreneurs grant, discusses her journey as a military veteran to becoming an entrepreneur in agriculture. Zephrine will share how strategic partnerships have led to business success.
Derrick Jackson is a recently transitioned Army veteran and the founder of Grass Grazed, a farm on a mission to produce protein with the promise of integrity raised with ethical practices and regenerative farming methods. Derrick’s family farm was recently highlighted in USA Today!
Zephrine and Derrick join Bunker Labs to discuss agriculture and farming entrepreneurial paths. How can you get a farm up and running? How can strategic partnerships and community connections help to grow your business?
In addition, we’ll be discussing how to leverage media outlets, grants and pitch competitions for business!
This event is for you if...
1. You're interested in meeting more like-minded, action-oriented entrepreneurs in a fun, casual setting.
2. You’re interested in getting involved in the local entrepreneur community.
3. You'd like to learn more about companies being created by veterans in our community.
Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual Zoom room.
*This event will be recorded. Participation in the meeting indicates your consent to being included in the meeting recording.
Zephrine Hanson has a 20 year background in media communications and public relations. Currently she farms while also focusing on food security and entrepreneurship for underserved communities in the Denver metro area. She is active in several organizations in Colorado that focus on food equity, security and sovereignty.
Hampden Farms is a suburban farm offering sustainable farming solutions, organic production and small-batch artisanal products made from natural ingredients lovingly grown and conscientiously sourced.From the ground up, we promote creativity and innovation across producers and providers while encouraging conscious consumption in wholesome products that are simply good for your mind, body and soul.The primary goal for Hampden Farms is to strengthen your local food system’s capacity through diverse retail and wholesale products preserved and crafted from what may otherwise go unused - creating year-round revenue sources and avoiding lost income.
In 2019, Derrick made the decision to leave the Army after 13 years of being enlisted. He and his wife, Paige, along with their 4 children, decided to embark on a farming adventure. Going into this industry was an intentional decision to better both our family and our environment. . . together. . . with no TDYs or deployments.
The more we researched, the more we became concerned with where our food was coming from and the effect it was having on our physical health. We came to the conclusion that we could pay for our health now or pay for it later. We chose now. As Paige gave birth to their 5th child, Derrick gave birth to Grass Grazed Farm.
We decided to raise livestock with the things they need, and without the things they don’t. That means our livestock is regeneratively grazed, as well as GMO-, antibiotic-, and chemical-free. It is raised in its natural habitat on pasture and forestry. We process our meat at USDA-approved facilities that meet NCDA Standards.
Our mission is to produce protein with the promise of integrity. We will uphold this promise with ethical practices and regenerative farming methods. We care about having a connection to our food. Our understanding of where it’s coming from is now our livelihood.
Consider #grassgrazed an extension of our family, to yours.Grass Grazed, Family Raised.
Liz Marion attended UNC Wilmington and graduated with degrees in both Film Studies and French Language.
Liz started her career in the entertainment industry where she worked as an independent contractor and consultant on both independent and studio projects. Liz eventually started to pursue live event production in the entertainment industry and has produced several multi-day events for filmmakers and creators from around the globe.
As a military spouse, live event production has allowed Liz to work across the country for many different organizations including Milspo Project and Bunker Labs. After serving as a volunteer city leader for Bunker Labs’ Wilmington, NC chapter, Liz took a full-time position with the organization as the digital community manager, bringing her organization, logistics and connectivity skills online to serve the military connected community full-time through meaningful and intentional virtual experiences.
Liz strives to encourage veterans and military spouses to pursue their dreams by working for themselves to create a job that feeds their passion and moves with their lifestyle.
When she isn’t generating new ideas or facilitating a virtual event, Liz spends her time paddleboarding, enjoying the ocean waves and reading professional development books.
She currently resides outside the gates of Camp Pendleton with her Marine husband and dog Archer.
Entrepreneur Experience Director
Dad. Hubbie. Sgt of Marines. Recovering FinTech Entrepreneur. Small time angel investor (aspiring big time angel investor). Guy who has been helped by many and wants to pay it forward. Nick Bradfield has spent his career honing the leadership traits taught in the military; technical skills learned via formal education; and business acumen acquired on-the-job in the financial services and technology sectors. He has held roles in sales, operations, and leadership at Fortune 500 companies as well as multiple startups. Nick has been featured on numerous podcasts highlighting veterans and entrepreneurship, and has contributed to several personal finance publications such as US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, CentSai, and Investopedia. He holds a Masters Degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.