Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields

DVD Release: February 26, 2013
Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields


“Ground Operations” is literally a story of the hero’s journey. It is a story of redemption for our young warriors who fought bravely but returned home to face a different battle — with themselves. The film follows a handful of veterans who have found spiritual transformation and a purpose to live as they work the land as organic farmers and ethical livestock ranchers. They are strengthening national food security, one farm at a time. America needs one million new farmers. Veterans want the job.

Dove Review

“Ground Operations” is an eye-opening documentary into the lives of veterans who have returned from their tours of battle. Many veterans talk of their return home, including their feelings and the hardship of transitioning from combat to home life. Unless you have been in combat or have a family member who has been in war, you might have had a misconceived notion that these men and women could just return to normal life.

This documentary shares the experience of those who have served, as they face the hardships of coming home, including the emotional transitions for them and their family and the difficulty of trying to get help from the VA and disability services. The film also tells how some veterans have just given up because of the long process they have to go through to get help when they return.

The government spent $1 trillion to fight the war on terror, but only 1 percent of that has actually taken care of these courageous men and woman. When they return, some veterans decide to commit suicide because they cannot cope with what they faced in war. But Ground Operations have found a way to help these people come to terms with their lives by giving them peace and teaching them about farming.

Everyone, a veteran or not, needs to view this documentary to help understand the hard times for returning veterans. This film also talks of how America has been losing farmers and needs a new generation to fill that gap. This is where the service men and woman have found a sense of purpose and fulfillment after returning home from war.

We proudly award this documentary with the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus, due to some of the graphic scenes of war.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: S-1
Violence: Many scenes of war with explosions, shootings and a car on fire; pictures of 9/11; discussion of injuries due to combat in Iraq; discussion regarding veterans committing suicide.
Drugs: Discussion regarding people using alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs.
Nudity: Shirtless man.
Other: Veterans transitioning to life back home; the lack of assistance from the VA for veterans; being homeless.


Company: Farmy LLC
Director: Dulanie Ellis
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 41 min.
Starring: Military veterans and spouses
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe