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Coming Home: Healing Through Harvest

FOX 25 NEWS  

A local organization dedicated to housing veterans and providing them with an agricultural outlet can now accommodate up to 10 retired warriors.

The Athol Board of Selectmen voted this week to grant a lodging permit for Vets & Veggies, a 501(c)3 nonprofit started by Jake Alexander to facilitate “the last step” veterans need before fully reintegrating into society. Tenants, he said, invest time in agriculture to boost self-esteem and grow food for the community. Alexander said so far two former service members live on the property at 844 Chestnut Hill in Athol.

 

Farm in Athol to provide home, respite, purpose to vets in need

MASS LIVE

Jake Alexander is not a veteran. But without them, he said, he and others wouldn't be living the American dream.

The Abington native recently bought a 28-acre farm on a hill in Athol as a home for veterans and a place for them to heal and learn about farming.

He and farm manager Chip Pinder see Vets & Veggies as a care farm -- modeled after a concept known throughout Europe. Those farms use agricultural resources as a way to provide social or educational services to people in need.

 

Vets & Veggies gets lodging permit

THE RECORDER

A local organization dedicated to housing veterans and providing them with an agricultural outlet can now accommodate up to 10 retired warriors.

The Athol Board of Selectmen voted this week to grant a lodging permit for Vets & Veggies, a 501(c)3 nonprofit started by Jake Alexander to facilitate “the last step” veterans need before fully reintegrating into society. Tenants, he said, invest time in agriculture to boost self-esteem and grow food for the community. Alexander said so far two former service members live on the property at 844 Chestnut Hill in Athol.