“To be a good farmer, you have to be really good at a lot of things,” says Leora Barish, founder of non-profit veteran farming organization Heroic Food. “What [people] don’t realize is that veterans are great for farms and farming and for our food supply because they have a work ethic like nobody’s business and they have the endurance and they have the mission drive and grit and everything else that are required to start a farm.”
TheOldManSays that this is another organization that promotes the marriage between veteran and farming vocation. There are active organizations that support the veteran who chooses farming and works to insure a successful startup for that veteran. Heroic Food Farm was started in 2015 in an effort to provide the skills for veterans through their teaching and training program. The program, and its founder Leora Barish, seek to remove the stress of war time conflict and service. That stress is replaced by utilizing the existing skills that the veteran has and focusing those skills towards a new mission. That mission is the growth of not only sustainable food, but a vocation and life style that the veteran can enjoy and grow with into the future.
With six times more farmers over the age of 65 than farmers 34 and under (according to a study by the National Young Farmers’ Coalition), the United States is facing a dangerous situation for the future of our food supply. One of the biggest problems with recruiting young farmers, in addition to higher costs of farm startup and operation, is that not everyone has the drive, determination and stamina necessary to work a farm successfully.
TheOldManSays. . . To learn more about how you can support Heroic, check out and visit the Heroic Food website