Local group teaches veterans to farm

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We know that veterans can sometimes struggle after military life. 
 
This group is teaching them a new skill set that not only allows them to provide for their family, but serves as a little therapy, and saves some lost art forms.
 
“Most people who become veterans want to serve and give,” says farmer Lois Hutson. “And so, just because they’re not on the battlefield, they’re on a new battlefield and some of them, it is farming.”
 
The mission is geared toward helping veterans learn new skills for the next phase of life. Members of the Lone Star Military Farmers group found that farming gives the veterans a chance to provide.
 
“We found that veterans and farmers have a lot in common,” says military veteran coordinator, Julianne Sanford. “Veterans are very independent, hard-working, self-sufficient and those characteristics are very similar to farmers.”
 
They learn things from canning to gardening and farming and they’ll pass that information forward.
 
“Today, we’re learning how to butcher my trees, no, trim my trees. Then we’re going to have a class on the 12th at the Lone Star Community Center and we’ll share our pruning and all with the community.”
 
Member and veteran, Stephen Hutson says skills like farming give veterans a mission and an outlet.
 
“Getting out and getting your mind occupied on something that’s rewarding to you. That helps ease your mind a lot.”
 
For information on how to get involved or attend a class contact:
 
Julianne Sanford: 903.810.0303 or cjsan06@aol.com

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