Farming a Future for Veterans

The military taught Evan Premer not to waste time fixing a problem. On a day at the front end of summer, his indoor farm felt about 10 degrees too hot. He pulled a knife from his pocket and began to score the ribbed siding of the greenhouse. Once he’d carved out a five-foot square, he called to his mother and business partner, Ester Premer, to help him punch out the section from the wall. A cool breeze blew in from the traditional garden outside as they freed the chunk of plastic. “Much better,” said Evan, slipping the knife back into his pocket.

If Steve Jobs had added a gardening section to the Apple Store, it might look something like Evan’s farm. Bunches of watercress, arugula, romaine and other greens spill from the sides of 24 sleek, white towers. Streams of nutrient-laced water trickle over the exposed roots inside each tower, giving the plants all they need to grow. There are no raised beds or piles of compost at Aero Farm Co. There isn’t a single grain of soil.

Evan uses aeroponic technology to grow baby lettuce and microgreens for restaurants in the Denver area. He is also working on setting up a community-supported agriculture program (CSA) for the neighborhood around the farm. “It’ll be the first year-round CSA in the state,” he said proudly, explaining that he could control the greenhouse environment throughout the winter.

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Veterans Healing Farm expands its reach

The sense of a loss of mission can be huge for veterans transitioning into civilian life — often, a civilian job can’t replicate the feeling of purpose and community many who have served in the armed forces are used to.

The vision John Mahshie has for the Veterans Healing Farm includes that support – presented in a rounded, holistic approach that feeds multiple layers of needs for both veterans and their families. A planned community center slated to open in the spring will allow the Healing Farm to further its mission by offering Holistic Training Boot Camps.

“I think the coolest thing about it is that there’s nothing like it in the country,” said Mahshie, who started operating the farm on Shaw’s Creek in Hendersonville last year. “The goal is to create an intentional, intensive educational approach that will provide veterans with the tools they need.”

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Enlisting Veterans to Remedy the Shortage of Farmers

American military veterans need work, and American agriculture needs farmers. So why not, figuratively, convert those who wielded swords into those guiding plowshares?

It is a question that has inspired a small number of American charities, and they are acting on the proposition. Among them are the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Davis, Calif.; Troops to Tractors of western Pennsylvania; and Ground Operations of Ojai, Calif.

Such nonprofits have recognized two things: America will have to replace large numbers of farmers over the next decade because of a continuing wave of retirements — perhaps as many as a million. And many veterans, facing a job market often indifferent to their unusual skill sets, are still having a hard time finding suitable employment in the private sector.

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Industrial Chemical Tenders Are Building Blocks for Agricultural and Industrial Development

Summary – Chemicals are essential for keeping the backbone of the industrial and agricultural development process in any economy. Chemicals are essential for running industrial operations in multiple ways and therefore the importance of industrial chemical tenders have been growing consistently. Chemicals have multiple uses from agriculture and household articles to weapons and defense oriented products. They are also essential for laboratories and scientific research. Widely used in medicine, agriculture, and cosmetics industries, chemicals are also used by military and scientists for research. However chemical products tenders in such cases may come up with certain restrictions and may not be open to all.

Industrial chemical tenders relating mostly to chemicals and fertilizers form the building blocks for multiple downstream industries. In essence they are the backbone of industrial as well as agriculture development of any economy.

Importance of Chemical Tenders
Chemicals are required for multiple purposes. Starting from the manufacturing of medicines through weapons and other accessories, they are used in thousands of types of articles. Some of these articles are put to daily use even by the common man. With the society becoming more and more chemical oriented, the value of the tenders for these articles have also grown substantially.

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Biodiversity And Development

Biodiversity is associated with various sectors of development and human well-being. Such association shows the significance of biodiversity, and need for its conservation. Human society is highly dependent on genetic resources, including wild and semi-domesticated species for agricultural productivity, production in livestock and fisheries. Biodiversity conservation ensures conservation of wild plant gene pool to augment the narrow genetic base, provide disease resistance, improve productivity, and environmental tolerance of established food crops.

Agriculture and food products

Agriculture, including mariculture and aquaculture, either intensive or small-scale is biodiversity based. Majority of world’s livestock depends on natural vegetation for feed. Agricultural productivity needs to be increased on a strong foundation of biodiversity at the gene, species and ecosystem levels to cater to the needs of growing human population. Threats to biodiversity threaten agricultural productivity, and food security. Of about 30,000 edible species, about 7,000 have been cultivated or collected for food by human. Twenty crops have major economic importance, and 30 crops satisfy 95% protein needs of world’s population. Wheat, rice, and maize provide more than 50 % of global plant-derived energy intake. Only 40 domesticated animal species are used in agriculture. New crop strains are critical to increase crop yields. Contribution of landraces at South Asian gene banks is estimated at US$150-200 million per year. Contribution of wheat germplasm from the international maize, and wheat research institute ranges between US$300 million to US$11 billion per year. Total annual value of seed sector activities world-wide is estimated at about US$45 billion. Total output from world’s agro ecosystems per year amounts to about US$1.3 trillion.

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