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Ground Operations shows how veterans, farms need one another in film screening – KyForward.com

A free screening of a film about simultaneously securing the future of America’s food supply and the future of returning veterans comes to Lexington on Oct. 24. As with so many new ideas, the idea of getting returning veterans to help themselves and others through farming came to Sgt. Adam Burke of Jacksonville, Florida, at […]

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Turning Swords to Ploughshares is a Balm for Veterans – Grist

Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares statue at U.N. Headquarters in NYC. At the Farm to Table conference, I got to see the new documentary, Ground Operations: Battlefield to Farmfield, and there was one part that really got to me. A veteran farmer described getting a call from a fellow soldier who was having a […]

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A Veteran’s Journey from Battlefield to Farmfield – Edible Madison

The military and farming have a lot in common. They both demand everything you’ve got … and then some. The divide between the vision and the reality can be wide. You have to have commitment and resourcefulness beyond measure. Neither have been an easy path for Steve Acheson, Army veteran and founder of Peacefully Organic […]

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Drift Catchers – Not Ocean Fish, but Pesticides

The farmer-veterans in “Ground Operations” have chosen to grow organically (whether certified or not) they resist using the chemical approach to farming for several reasons.  Many have been exposed to chemicals in the war that have left them with damaging health effects, some just don’t want to support the use of fossil-fuel based inputs that […]

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College & G.I. Bill Guide for Veterans

Shared by a researcher for academic resources (OnlineColleges.net), they have compiled a concise and easy to understand guide about the financial and other resources available to military and veteran personnel.  I have included the short section about the Post 9/11 GI Bill here, but there is WAY more available.   Two things in the GI […]

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China’s Rotten Apples Were North America’s Juice

Still don’t want to pay American farmers a fair price for our food? Still want cheap food (and drink) from China?  Think again. From Bloomberg’s “The Windsor Star”, by way of the Cornucopia Institute, Promoting Economic Justice for Family Scale Farming, comes this report: The juice of rotten Chinese apples isn’t something that most North American […]

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A Simple Fix for Farming

Tired of the same old David & Goliath debate of organic vs. “conventional” food production? What about a simple premise of MUCH less chemical use and the same bottom line?   In honor of October as Food Month, I thought I’d share an article Mark Bittman wrote this time last year for the New York Times. […]

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Veterans Farming in Washington

We played “connect the dots” this week, for veterans who are or want to be farming in the green, green, green state of Washington. First stop, the Port Townsend Film Festival where Ground Operations scored the award for “Inspiring Community” and learned of a new project, the Peace Patch Farm (PPF). In its infancy, PPF is […]

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Reversed equation: Farmers to Soldiers

Okay, I knew that about 40% of the military comes from rural farm communities.  I assumed a lot of that was because with the mechanized industrial food system, we’ve put a lot of people out of work with our bigger badder machines. And that is probably true. What is creepy is what celebrity-farmer Joel Salatin […]

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The Food Bill, oops, Farm Bill Needs YOU!

If only we called this the Food Bill, everyone would be paying attention.  This only comes up for review every 5 years folks — so if you care about local food, organic food, GMOs, environmental conservation and how to help our veterans become the next generation of farmers and ranchers, get your phone finger poised […]

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