Ground Operations: From veteran to sustainable farming

Life & Soul Magazine

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields is a documentary film that showcases US veterans who are becoming organic farmers and revitalising their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food.

The film, which highlights the growing number of veterans returning home who are affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), shows how they are reclaiming their lives, regenerating soil and rural communities, and restoring local access to fresh food.

The mission of Ground Operations is to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable farming and ranching, and to build the resources necessary for them to create healthy new lives for themselves and food security for communities everywhere.

Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face a difficult transition to civilian life, marked by high unemployment, prescription drug addiction and suicide rates.

Coincidentally, half of American farmers have reached retirement age and the USDA is calling for one million new…

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November 12th is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day!

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s five thing to know about anchovies:

Anchovies are preyed upon by almost every predatory fish in their environments.


Anchovies have teeth, described as “small and sharp,” in both the upper and lower jaws. Their diet consists of plankton and small fry of other fish.


94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly.


Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza.


In Latin languages, such as Italian, the equivalent word for “anchovy” is used to describe a particularly thin person who is all skin and bones.

Today’s Food History

  • 1908 William Keith Brooks died. An influential zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.
  • 1926 Jack Ryan was born. Before helping to develop the Barbie Doll for Mattell, Ryan worked for the Pentagon designing missiles!
  • 1947 Buck Dharma of the music group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.
  • 1956 Ice cubes, anyone? The…

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The Silent Eye

Paper poppies bloom, as fragile as the lives they represent. Every year it is the same, I try to find some way of saying what is in my heart and the words will not come.  I was not there, I have no right to speak of war and its atrocities. I have not seen it with my own eyes. I have never aimed a gun at another human being and been faced with the choice whether to kill or be killed. I have not tried to sleep in cold mud made from the earth of a foreign land mingled with the blood of my comrades. I have not lost my child to war.

I have no right to speak, but nor have I the right to remain silent when the price of my freedom to speak was so high. I have a duty to my own conscience and to all…

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