New Kentucky program helps veterans start farming

New Kentucky program helps veterans start farming

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BEREA, Ky. (AP) - Starting next month, Kentucky residents may see a new label on vegetables and farm products: Homegrown by Heroes.

The label is part of a movement to help interested veterans learn to farm.

Michael Lewis, the director of the Growing Warriors program, said farming helped both him and his brother after leaving the military.

"You start to farm and you realize it could benefit your family, your community, and that's extremely rewarding. You're bettering your country," Lewis told The Lexington Herald-Leader.

More than 60 percent of the active-duty military come from small-town, rural backgrounds, so farming often resonates with them.

Lewis said veterans already have the discipline and work ethic needed to make a go of farming, but often need help on the business side.

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