Educate . Cultivate . Innovate
Veterans Community Food Project
This Project is more than just food; it provides a new mission for veterans:
growing food for others.
Thanks to the Community Foundation of West Georgia's new Innovation Grant, we created a nursery for the community providing fruit, nuts, vegetables and landscape plants. We also grow nutritious speciality greens through hydroponics.
Veterans returning home often find it difficult to readjust to civilian life after service and the very thing they fought for, peace at home, falls apart.
Veterans from rural communities are at a disadvantage due to limited options and most providers lack awareness of military culture.
Current VA options for treatment are often ineffective and not timely.
Our program is run by veterans and are action oriented and trauma focused.
"Green care" is a term we use to talk about care farming, animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture...
Green care is an intervention: it's an active process by which our veterans reconnect with nature.
Growing greens also enhances human health and well-being.
Nurturing plants has an immediate calming and therapeutic effect on our veterans.