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Old 05-17-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Military Veterans: the Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Military Veterans: the Next Generation of Organic Farmers
May 14th, 2012
USDA Blog
Posted by Miles McEvoy, National Organic Program Deputy Administrator

Military Veterans: the Next Generation of Organic Farmers | Cornucopia Institute
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Compost tea (a mixture of recycled organic matter soaked in water), hydroponic living basil, and organic certification are terms that, at first glance, may not have much of a connection to military veterans. Colin Archipley, a decorated Marine sergeant, and his wife Karen however saw the combination as a win-win when they founded the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program outside San Diego, California.

Many veterans who have served our country have challenges transitioning to civilian life and struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and high unemployment rates. After three tours in Iraq, Colin found his solace working on the Archipley’s newly-purchased, neglected avocado farm, which sat on…
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