You need inspiration like this to get your seeding and field layout spreadsheets done: this past weekend’s New York Times featured an article focusing on programs to support and train American soldiers in organic farming careers.

One memorable quote from “Helping Soldiers Trade Their Swords for Plows”:

“Beginning farming has become the cause du jour among young people with college degrees and trust funds,” Mr. O’Gorman said at the farm, where there were stacks of Mother Earth News magazines in the bathroom and a batch of fresh kale in the sink. “My gut sense is a lot of them won’t be farming five years from now. But these vets will.”

Sounds like a good (and direct) challenge to me, though I think a more inclusive attitude towards all beginning farmers, regardless of background or experience would be a little more helpful…For more info about the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, visit their website.