01 Jun '12, 3am

Organic Farming Helps Returning Soldiers Find Peace

Organic Farming Helps Returning Soldiers Find Peace

Soldiers returning from combat in the Middle East are faced with the difficult task of finding their place in civilian life. Many have been traumatized by the horrible realities of war, and even when they can find gainful employment, it can be difficult for veterans to settle into the “normal” 9-5 routine. When Colin Archipley, a decorated Marine sergeant, returned home to California after three tours in Iraq, he needed something to help him readjust to life outside a war zone. He decided to try growing avocados and loved it. Later he got a USDA loan to help him build a greenhouse so he could switch the farm over to organic hydroponic production. Now, Archipley’s farm, known as Archi’s Acres , produces organic, hyrdoponically-grown, basil, lettuce, chard, kale, mint, tomatoes, cilantro and parsley. More importantly, Archipley is using the farm to introduce other veterans t...

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