Veterans Growing in the Community

Farmers markets and gardening can provide veterans with community support and horticulture therapy, helping to cope with post-military issues many face. Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and organizations like the Veterans Empowerment Organization work to provide opportunities for veterans to gain job skills and adjust to life outside the military.

Atlanta’s 3×3 Project in Castleberry Hills is a wonderful example of veterans using gardening to uplift and support other veterans and the surrounding community. The Jamaal Addison Garden is a sustainable organic community garden that provides healthy, local food options for the underserved in the community and area veterans. The innovative design uses a sustainable modular milk crate gardening system. This system makes the work of gardening easier for seniors and those with disabilities, as 18 inches is the furthest reach from any side of the grid. The 3×3 Project opened theAtlanta Veterans Farmers Market this year to support and expand the project to other states.

Coming up:: Wholesome Wave Georgia will be conducting a SNAP enrollment at the Fort McPherson VA Community Clinic in East Point this Saturday, October 17, from 8am-2pm.