I don’t want to get too technical about The Veteran’s Healing Farm. I don’t think I could do it justice if I tried. They have engineered and implemented so many awesome horticultural techniques. They are growing some plants I have never heard of before. I’m no farmer, but I have volunteered in a few gardens and went to school for Ag Economics. I think that is where my love for growing with the earth comes from (and maybe a little from my grandmother’s garden growing up).
(Picture taken by Ugly’s Beauty)
As soon as you step out onto the property at The Veteran’s Healing Farm you feel removed slightly from your reality. There is a type of Zen you looking over the acres of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and wildlife.
John and Nicole’s Veteran’s Healing Farm really does hold a special place in my heart. With family that has been to war and served in the military, my husband who is also currently a Marine, makes you appreciate a country who supports them. Our ties to the military stand strong with this nation. The Veteran’s Healing Farm “exists to aid our nation’s veterans through what is perhaps the most challenging aspect of the military experience: Coming Home.”
How do they help?
They “help empower veterans reintegrating into civilian life by growing produce, raising farm animals, and conducting seminars on holistic health and sustainability. Additionally [they] foster a thriving micro-community of veterans and civilians who build deep friendships, implement innovative gardening techniques, and help cultivate emotional, physical and spiritual health.”
Along the tour of the garden you really felt the passion from John and Nicole. Every plant had a purpose; every part of the garden was there to aide in another part of the farm. Their plans for the future of the farm was even more exciting.
(Photo Credit Ugly’s Beauty)
Penelope, John and Nicole’s daughter, walked hand in hand with Niah, our son, around the farm showing him the 2 new bunnies, chased around the chickens, and walked him up and down the rows of vegetables growing in the special American Flag garden.
We were lucky enough to leave the farm with a few fresh picks. We had some raw Okra (first time having Okra, and cut up a cucumber for dinner the next day).
They had a dream. They are living their dream, and trying to leave this world better than they found it.
You can find more about John and Nicole’s Veteran’s Healing Farm below:
If you are able to help support their dreams please donate on their homepage. You’re not just helping them but you’re helping our country’s Veterans.
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