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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

a marriage of needs...returning vets and farming

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

 Three years ago, Air Force veteran Sara Creech quit her job as a nurse and bought a 43-acre farm in North Salem, Ind. She named her farm Blue Yonder Organic.

"Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan often have a hard time transitioning back to their civilian lives and careers. They have higher rates of divorce, depression and suicide. And they're more likely to be unemployed than both civilians and veterans of other wars. In recent years, thousands of veterans like Creech have showed an interest in farming as a way to find peace and purpose. Several nonprofit organizations and universities have launched programs to help them pursue careers in agriculture.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/03/03/390251255/from-war-to-plow-why-usda-wants-veterans-to-take-up-farming