Red, White, and Blueberries

8 Feb

This title came from the Veterans Farm, which “is building handicap accessible farms for our disabled combat veterans to provide a ‘Prescription without Medication’ through horticulture therapy”.  Support their wonderful mission and love your farmers and your troops.

Something caught my attention in a recent article from the New York Times.  Weldon Sleight, dean of the University of Nebraska’s College of Technical Agriculture, was quoted as saying “A lot of these rural vets have this wonderful knowledge base about agriculture,” “But we’ve told them for years there’s no future in it” (Brown, 2011).  It made me think – I have heard the same thing, that there is “no future in agriculture”.

This, of course, could not be further from the truth.  The United States has unlimited opportunity to support sustainable agriculture, which in turn in very good business.  What is sustainable agriculture?  It has to do with farming and horticulture techniques that do not put negative inputs into the soil, water, or air and instead rely on natural techniques to grow food and raise animals.  Avoiding or minimizing negative inputs creates healthier soil, which in turn, produces healthier food.  There are many places where you can learn more about sustainable agriculture, one of my favorite organizations and sites is

Besides good economics, farming can be a service to our veterans of war.  Several programs exist to give returning soldiers an opportunity to “decompress” and use skills that they have learned in other parts of the world. There is the Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots is out of the University of Nebraska, the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, and a syllabus being used at a farm called Archi’s Acres (which has been approved by the transition program at Camp Pendleton).  There are plenty of ways to get involved.

In the article, Helping Soldiers Trade Their Swords for Plows, one can about these efforts.


Brown, P.L. (February 2011). Helping Soldiers Trade Their Swords for Plows. The New York Times. Retrieved on February 6, 2011 from


4 Responses to “Red, White, and Blueberries”

  1. survival seeds February 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I like all the information provided here. Government is really helping farmers by providing subsidiaries and loan for seeds. What else one want for agriculture business?? Any thoughts?

    • Tisha T. Casida February 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      Hi There! Thank you for your reply! Could you explain your question more…


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