“I’ve seen that working with living things (plants), working in our greenhouses, is like being in a decompression zone. You get to actually see the fruits of your labor.
“I’ve seen that working with living things (plants), working in our greenhouses, is like being in a decompression zone. You get to actually see the fruits of your labor. And you’re still interacting with the community, you’re still providing a service, which I think a lot of our guys and gals are kind of missing when they come back, not knowing how to break into civilian life. Even if they don’t choose farming as a career, it’s a great transition period.”
Exciting and Rewarding
The techniques taught to these veterans include a full understanding of growing. “It’s basically all controlled-environment agriculture,” Adams explained. “We teach organics, hydroponics, aeroponics and also vertical growing techniques. We use towers that allow us to grow 11 feet inside the greenhouse, so we’re looking at a 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot greenhouse being equivalent to an acre greenhouse, and that being equivalent to about 10 acres of land crops. We teach them the basics of plant biology, climate controls, and how the plant works in the sunlight with CO2 and photosynthesis. We teach nutrient programs and greenhouse maintenance.”
For Adams himself, seeing these veterans winning at life is a reward unto itself. “It’s been a ride for sure,” Adams concluded. “It’s like we kind of plugged in and away we went, and we’re just riding this wave that’s coming at us. But it’s been super-exciting and super-rewarding working with these guys and girls.”
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