11 Nov '11, 2pm

Organic farm prepares veterans for jobs in sustainable agriculture

"Working together, the two created a model system of soil-less hydroponic, organic farming that can be duplicated in any location, even an inner city parking lot or abandoned building. "When Colin returned from combat for the last time, Karen realized that she needed to somehow help him continue to serve his country while being in the presence of fellow veterans. Her solution was to suggest the concept of the VSAT program, and together, she and Colin formulated the idea of training returning veterans how to create their own farms . . . "Today, Archi’s Acres is a sustainable, hydroponic, organic farm, with two greenhouses and three open-air growing areas; it produces continuous crops of basil, lettuce, chard, kale and heirloom tomatoes in a state-of-the-art, soil-less facility. Selling to Whole Foods, Jimbo’s Naturally and directly at local farmers’ markets in Hillcrest and...

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