Monday, November 30, 2009

NJ Veterans Also Growing for Peace

I just came across this article. It describes how veterans are growing vegetables in community garden plots at the VA in East Orange. I actually volunteered there many years ago, mostly helping with a literature review for a study investigating the causes of Gulf War Syndrome. I really enjoyed volunteering there, especially chatting with the veterans as I went about my research. Now they even have a community garden! I'm tempted to go back and see if I could help out with this project somehow.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this poignant story. The veterans say it gives them a measure of peace, the ability to think, and do something not just for themselves, but also the community. They even have a winter garden similar to mine, and enjoyed turnip greens on Thanksgiving day just like I did. Pretty awesome. Definitely gives me something else to ponder/be thankful about when I eat my leftovers tonight.

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