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Soldiers of the Land: Veteran Farmer Training Program Plans for Growth

March 2, 2016 |
Photo courtesy Heroic Food.

Photo courtesy Heroic Food.

Heroic Food is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing military veterans with the training they need to become sustainable farmers in New York’s Hudson River Valley

“I talk to veterans every day who dream of farming but lack the skills, experience, and resources to get started,” says Leora Barish, executive director of Heroic Food. “They want healthier lives for themselves and their families; they want to be stewards of the land they defended, and they want to continue serving their communities by providing food for hungry Americans.”

According to Barish, farming can help veterans transition to civilian life, heal from trauma, and forge viable careers. The veterans who work at Heroic Food receive comprehensive training in a residential, supportive setting designed to lead to farm employment and entrepreneurship.  Read More