Business works with veterans to create custom items

Creating something by hand gives enjoyment to the staff at Backyard Farm and Garden USA in Brazil.


By Lisa Trigg

The small business run by veterans creates custom wood and metal work. Chicken coops, sheds, playhouses, playground structures, even a tiny house are among the handmade items they have made.

“I got started because I wanted to work with veterans directly,” said owner Mark Smith, a former Army medic who served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, and moved to Brazil in 2010. A native of California, Smith said he chose to relocate to Indiana to be close to a friend who is also a veteran. His background is in non-profit work and the arts, but he got into woodworking and making portable buildings to have something to do with his hands.

“There is a therapeutic quality to using your hands and creating something,” Smith told the Tribune-Star. “I feel that woodworking works for veterans. It seems to be a good fit.”

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