Armed to Urban Farm program helping veterans transition to farming
In small lots and in backyards, something is taking root in a program called Armed to Urban Farm. “We train veterans who are interested in urban agriculture versus sort of rural agriculture,” said Mike Lewis with the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Thanks to a partnership between The U.S. Botanic Garden and other agencies, veterans are learning all the ins and outs of what it’s like to farm in the middle of a city. In this case— Memphis.
“They’re here to learn and connect with each other and see what they might be able to take back to their own operations,” said U.S. Botanic Garden education specialist Emily Hestness.
U.S. Army veteran Charley Jordan spent more than 28 years in the service. “I saw how agriculture was therapeutic,” he said. “It was helpful for me, and I figured this must be helpful for other veterans.”
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