An interesting article on an interesting farm in Hudson, NY that trains veterans to become farmers.
The reasons, this article argues, for veterans to become farmers when they return, are extremely compelling.
Founder of the farm, Leora Barish, says: “There’s no process in this culture for returning veterans to help them recover from the effects of their service but also to help them adjust to a radically different set of moral imperatives. To expect people to come from one to another is completely unreasonable.”
Beyond this, Barish argues that veterans are perfectly suited to become farmers since their mindset, training and work ethic are so suited to farming.
The farm offers a reward and framework that Barish argues is satisfying for people adapted to military objective-based task completion.
“One of the things that veterans miss so much when they’re separated from the military is a mission,” says Barish. “They can get jobs sometimes, but it’s not a mission.”
The farm, Barish alludes, can satisfy this sense of mission.
This project is systemically rooted without a doubt. Barish’s approach of addressing three social concerns, veteran transition, sustainability and food security, suggest she is thinking about the interconnected nature of food to other aspects of society.
Can this farm supply Bard? This is a great question. It is a 20 acre farm, which was once a cattle farm and more recently a goat dairy farm.
The veterans do not only work at Heroic, but are part of a network of training farms in the area. It would be interesting to know what production is like… likely it would be smart for a farm like this to serve their local area… but for Bard’s purpose this would be considered real food. Really real food in fact, since Hudson is 18Mi away.
How much can 20 acres produce? What kinds of production methods are being used, because this will affect how much is produced per acre. More land does not necessarily mean more food!