Our big goal: Giving back to veterans

By Hannah Becker, Willow Springs Farm It’s that time of year— a new year, new goals. For many entrepreneurs, the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a time to reflect and clarify goals. What have we accomplished? Where are we headed? What’s the best way to get there? A quick recap of 2015 Willow Springs Farm has developed from a 24-page business plan to an actual farm. This time last year, I recall telling my husband that, “if... Read More

Veterans Agriculture Project Creates an Agricultural Legacy in Kentucky

At the intersection of Ridgewood and Pauline in Berea, Kentucky, three military veterans assemble raised beds and blend a potting mix for their most recent community garden project. Meanwhile, in a nearby kitchen, others use yesterday’s harvest to cook the community lunch and preserve bushels of tomatoes for winter nourishment. These urban gardeners are members of The Veterans Nutritional Program, one half of the Veterans Agriculture Project supported... Read More

Veterans Emerge as New Beginning Farmers

A growing number of resources are available nationwide for returning veterans interested in farming careers: With funding from the USDA and other sources, various projects are underway specifically for veterans. One very noteworthy project comes from the Center for Veterans’ Issues (CVI), which is beginning a redevelopment project, the Veterans’ Food Project, in Milwaukee.   This program seeks to renovate foreclosed, inner-city properties... Read More