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What do returning Veterans and Agriculture have in common?


For returning veterans of war, adjusting to civilian life can be scary and overwhelming. In Pueblo, Colorado, the transition has become a little easier for some with the help of Veterans to Farmers program at sustainable agriculture nonprofit Circle Fresh Farms.

Seeking to help veterans adjust while also putting produce into the community, Circle Fresh Farms offers classroom and training areas for veterans that utilize hydroponic, aquaponic and organic technologies to grow healthy crops.

The farm’s founder, Buck Adam, is a veteran himself. “I started this venture because I’m a veteran of the Marine Corps and understand the challenges involved in adjusting back to civilian life after a tour,” Adamstold The Fence Post.

For vets like Adam Cutlip, the opportunity made all the difference. Before connecting with Circle Fresh Farms, Cutlip dreamed of operating a commercial greenhouse, but lacked the agricultural experience to get his idea off the ground. Through paid, on-the-job training at Circle Fresh Farms, he can bone up on crop productions techniques without having to also consider sourcing supplies or marketing. The program is comprised of 15 modules, from botany and plant physiology to animal husbandry.

While veterans learn to farm, Circle Fresh Farms takes care of selling and distributing the farm’s harvest, fulfilling its mission of providing local, organic, and traceable produce to the community. The farm teems with plum zebra tomatoes, miniature white cucumbers, King Arthur peppers, melons, lettuces and eggplants—all backed with a commitment to use no harmful chemicals and no genetically modified seeds.


Bill to Support Small Farms

Everybody wins! -Aliyah, Neon Tommy


Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced Monday she will introduce bill that would “significantly change the nation’s food policy” by supporting local and regional farmers. 

The package of reforms and new programs, dubbed The Local Farm, Food, and Jobs Act, would encourage the production of local food by helping farmers and ranchers and by improving distribution systems, building on the success of farmers markets across the country.

“This is about healthy local food and a healthy local economy. When consumers can buy affordable food grown locally, everyone wins,” said Pingree, who owns an organic farm in North Haven, Maine. “It creates jobs on local farms and bolsters economic growth in rural communities.”

Read more here: Food Safety News 

TakePart| Feeding 9 Billion by 2050 

A true symbiotic relationship between consumer and producer? -Aliyah, Neon Tommy 

With a projected 9 billion mouths to feed by the year 2050, plenty are wondering: will there be enough food to go around? Can we feed everyone without devastating the planet?

According to researches from the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Germany, we can—if we heed four pieces of advice.

1. Stop Expanding Agriculture

2. Close Yield Gaps

3. Increase Agricultural Resource Efficiency

4. Increase Food Delivery by Shifting Diets and Reducing Waste

Read descriptions HERE

Source: TakePart

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