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Farmer-Veteran Coalition Heals Vets Down on the Organic Farm

TAKE PART: Farmer-Veteran Coalition Heals Vets Down on the Organic Farm
What if there were a way to help our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans re-enter society and find a career they loved that also healed the trauma of combat?

Michael O'Gorman, one of the pioneers of the organic food movement and founder of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, may have done just that—through the rejuvenating power of growing delicious and healthy food.

A father of a young veteran, O'Gorman started the Farmer-Veteran Coalition after he learned that many men and women from rural and farming communities were entering the army. When they came back, they were left with trauma and a lack of employment opportunities.

O’Gorman says, "We thought, not only can we help them find jobs, new ways to farm and rejuvenate the income in rural America, we could also help solve America’s need for more farmers and for food security.”

The idea is working . . .

The Intervale

The Intervale

The Intervale Center seeks to nurture and sustain farms, land, and people. We manage 350 acres of farmland, nursery, trails, and wildlife corridors along the Winooski River in Burlington, Vermont. We share what we learn and do with others across our state and around the country.

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