We hope that everyone took some time on Veterans Day to say "thank you" to the men and women who have selflessly, bravely and tirelessly served our country. However, the sacrifices they make for the United States and all of its citizens are not limited to one day per year, and our gratitude should not be either. That's why it's so important to take a moment each and every day to show our appreciation.
We have previously discussed on this blog the important role that farming can play in helping veterans readjust to civilian life. Many of the skills and characteristics of a successful member of the military are equally valued on the farm: hard work, discipline, attention to detail and dedication. In addition, agricultural work is far from the stress and noise of city life, making it ideal for veterans battling post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or simply struggling to adjust to life back home. That's why we were so glad to hear that a farming project recently took the top prize at the national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans.
Veterans Healing Farm is based in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and was founded by Air Force veteran John Mahshie and his wife Nicole. The non-profit invites veterans to live and work on their family farm, where they help grow crops and raise animals. The Mahshies believe that the hard physical work and sense of community and purpose that comes from working in agriculture helps participants readjust to civilian life.
Veterans Healing Farm recently competed in the business plan and venture pitch competition at the EBV National Training and Alumni Conference in Atlanta, where they won first place and $30,000 to continue introducing veterans to agricultural work. They also took home an addition $5,000 for tying in the category of "best venture impacting veterans."
Congratulations to Veterans Healing Farm, and thank you to all of the men and women who have served our great nation! We owe you so much.
Whether you run a non-profit farming venture like the Mahshies or operate a big commercial farm, you know the importance of frugality when it comes to success in agriculture. It's crucial that you know how to fix your own tools and machines, to avoid wasting money by buying new models or paying others to do the heavy lifting for you. You should also be sure that you aren't spending more time and money on tractor replacement parts than you absolutely have to. We recommend using this streamlined digital hub, where you can simply enter the item that you are looking for. The online database will instantly search through millions of listings to show you reputable sellers who have the exact part you need.
Returning veterans find sense of purpose and community on American farms.