What Do Farmers & Veterans Have in Common?

There are two groups in this country that people depend on every single day, but don’t realize – the farmer and the military.

Co-owners Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger understand the obstacles returning veterans face when deployed and returning home. Acheson served in the U.S. Army from 2004-2008. Photo credit: popscsa.com.

Co-owners Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger understand the obstacles returning veterans face when deployed and returning home. Acheson served in the U.S. Army from 2004-2008. Photo credit: popscsa.com.

Somewhere in the world, we’re being protected every single day and every single day we eat. That is what led our friends over at Peacefully Organic Produce and CSA (POPs CSA) to start a veteran-led community farm. They grow all kinds of organic vegetables and herbs, both for CSA boxes and farmers’ markets in the Madison area.

The cool part though, is they get grants from the VA to employ vets who struggle with PTSD. They’ve found the concept of working in the soil and growing food to be very healing as returning veterans try to assimilate back into society. Veteran employees are compensated with a monthly living stipend, fresh produce shares, and full access throughout the year to food production workshops, organic farming conferences, small business development seminars, and much more.

Established in 2014 by Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger, POPs CSA is proud to be the first veteran-led CSA and produce farm in the Madison area and strive to give back to those who’ve sacrificed everything for us.

So, as we prepare for what may be a long holiday weekend, for some, it’s so much more than that. Let’s take a moment to reflect and thank those who have devoted their lives to protecting and feeding us. Often times, they are the same people – one and the same. For it’s THESE people that are America’s heroes.

Interested in working with Steven and Stephanie? Click here for employment details.

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