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Newsletter – May 2016

    Boys and their Toys – Thanks to AgrAbility Peacefully Organic Produce just won the lottery.  Due to a 70% disability from two back surgeries while in the military, farmer-veteran Steve Acheson was eligible for funding help through the AgrAbility program. And help he got — a tractor, a water wheel transplanter, a utility vehicle […]

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Newsletter – March 2016

  Ground Operations & Veteran Farms Expanding Reach This inviting photo (above) was shared by Southern Farm & Garden magazine, which is featuring a story about Ground Ops and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (“Homegrown by Heroes”) in their Spring issue, now available at Barnes & Noble. (Click here for a Sneak Peak!)  I’m also excited […]

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Newsletter – January 2016

  Ground Ops Expanding Outreach to More Farmer-Veterans A funny thing happened on our National Film Tour — we learned that veterans and farmers don’t often come out to the movies in town.   So we’re going to them! With your help we’re distributing our DVD with a brand new resource guide,                The […]

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Newsletter – December 2015

    Dear Santa … What a wonderful year! We’ve all been very, very good.  Please have your elves stop by these veteran-operated farms and food companies to fill your sleigh this year. Siri Alpaca Yarn Old Homestead Alpacas – 253-232-2853 $4.50/oz or $30/skein, a variety of colors & blends. Siri Alpaca yarn is […]

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Newsletter – October 2015

  Last Call for Logos!     Thursday October 15th Going to Print on new DVD Eco-Covers & The Ground Operations Field Manual Finally – The Ground Operations Field Manual is coming to be: 12 pages of resources for veterans who want to consider a career in sustainable agriculture. It’s a launchpad to help farmer-veterans and their […]

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Newsletter – September 2015

  So excited … The Ground Operations Field Manual nears publishing! At the end of every screening, the audience is always full of questions.  How can veterans find farmland? Where’s the money? How can they get trained quickly? Will the government help? Are there other veterans farming near them? So we realized we needed to produce […]

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Newsletter – July 2015

  Aloha Spirit welcomes veteran family on Big Island Ho’ola Farms: Growing Hawaii’s Heroes Ray and I spent Independence Day with a young veteran family in Hilo.  I met Emily at the Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Iowa last year, we stayed in touch and my film story nose got twitchy.  I just had to go […]

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Newsletter – June 2015

    Everyone has a dream… This one came true for an Army couple. Neither Mike nor Elaine Vandivers grew up on a farm; but after deployments overseas in the Army, the call of the country was strong. They found this 1901 former-dairy farm, and knew it was the perfect spot to start a new […]

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Newsletter – April 2015

    An Historic Journey:  3 War Memorials, 3 Veteran Stories & the Cherry Blossoms Antietam, Vietnam, Iraq –  One cannot help but be struck by the horrific toll that war takes on people, when you visit West Virginia and Washington DC. Ground Operations had a wonderful, but sobering, trip to the East Coast this month. […]

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Newsletter – March 2015

  Ground Operations at The Culinary Institute of the Carolinas We were thrilled to show the film and be the keynote presentation at Cultivate the Carolinas: Growing & Cooking,  a 3-day event hosted by Edible Upcountry magazine.  Favorite session? “Spice Rubs, Smoking and Techniques for Cooking Grassfed Beef” — with lots of samples!  So delicious. The Culinary […]

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