In Virginia, Military Veterans Take on Their Next Mission: Farming


Almost half of America's farmers are planning to retire in the next five years, and it's not clear who will replace them. But a group in Alexandria may have a solution. They're working to introduce veterans to farming. As CBS national correspondent Chip Reid tells US vets and farmers have a lot in common. Jenny has camp spent 15 years as a United States Marine. Now she's a farmer with a focus on flowers. These are what I want. She learned the science and the art of farming here at Arcadia Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, on land once owned by George Washington. It's exhausting. It's hot. It's buggy, and it's the most satisfying and the happiest I've ever been. She began three years ago in Arcadia's part time veteran Farmer Reserve program that gives veterans and opportunity to decide if farming is for them. For her. It was a perfect fit. I think it's an incredible program for veterans transitioning from years of service into the next career, she now farms here full time and dreams of one day having a small farm of her own. Pamela Hess is executive director of Arcadia Farm and helped create the veteran farmer program. The goal is to give veterans an opportunity to earn a living in a new but surprisingly similar. Walk of life. They can work in all temperatures. They can carry very heavy loads. They're great at long term planning. They are not freaked out by crisis. Farmers and military folks have a very similar mindset when it comes to their work. Farming is a mission oriented business in the same way that military mission is you can't stop at five o'clock you stop when the mission is

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