From fighters to farmers: Veterans transition to civilian life



By Jasmine Norwood

The Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria was once owned by George Washington’s family.

“In Virginia, this was a slave plantation,” explained Pamela Hess, Executive Director of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food.

Today, veterans plant seeds, pull weeds, and even do some soul searching as part of Arcadia’s Veteran Farmer Training program.

“I think farming is therapeutic for everyone, we don’t present this as therapy for anybody, this is an occupational program, but the fact is the thing that helps vets transition back into civilian life is meaningful work,” said Hess.

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