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HVF Staff Featured in Huffington Post

Michael and MarieGhent, NY—Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF) learner Michael Sandoval and Farm Store floor manager Marie Mrozinski were recently featured in the Huffington Post for their involvement in the Heroic Food farming programs for veterans.

Michael, a former corporal in the US Marine Corps, had an interest in farming, and in September 2014, he and his partner Marie joined Heroic Food. The program helped both enroll in Hawthorne Valley Place Based Learning Center’s Farm Beginnings program and secure jobs at Hawthorne Valley Farm Store.

Then in the spring 2015, Michael became a Farm Learner at HVF, working in the Corner Garden to grow vegetables for the HVF’s Store and Greenmarkets and Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School’s Lunch Program. The experience of learning how to farm from Heroic Food and tending the garden at HVF was transformational for Michael.

At the end of his first year at the Hawthorne Valley Farm, Michael was asked to stay on as an assistant manager. They had never seen anyone take to the work and be as instantly capable and reliable and independent as Michael.

Heroic Food was founded by Leora Barish in 2012 as a tribute to her father, a veteran of the Korean War. The organization is the first farming program designed specifically for veterans, and seeks to provide returning veterans with purpose and healing through learning to cultivate the land. Heroic Food is fiscally-sponsored by Hawthorne Valley Association.

To read more, please visit the Huffington Post.

This article was also republished by The Stewardship Project.