“I can’t stop wars and there will always be soldiers, but I can do this little bit,” declared Kym Sanchez, founder and president of Not Forgotten Outreach (NFO) as she gazed out at 10,000 garlic plants growing tall.
This garlic and other produce finds its way onto Taos community tables such as the Farmhouse Café school lunch and garden program, which provides school children with approximately 300-500 pounds of fresh vegetables a week in 2016.
Sanchez was “NCIOC” of Casualty Assistants for the Army, a daunting task without the added heartbreak of finding her beloved husband incoming for body preparation to be returned home. Sanchez has never fully recovered from this experience and wanted to provide a respite and healing place for veterans and their families to come, feel safe, feel celebrated and to get involved in the healing aspects of farming and nature.
The San Luis Valley Veterans Fields Program and their partners will be visiting this amazing farm on June 2, 2017 to learn how Don and Kym were able to achieve such tremendous successes. That important knowledge will then be brought back into the Valley and shared with our community. This will assist us tremendously as we implement our own veteran farmer pilot projects locally.
The Veterans Coalition-SLV is excited to announce our friends at the Valley Roots Food Hub have several informative, free events this weekend.
UPCOMING EVENTS at VALLEY ROOTS FOOD HUB 5401 Terry St Mosca, C0 81146:
SATURDAY APRIL 8, 9AM-4PM: VISION COURSE FOR ASPIRING FARMERS & RANCHERS
Veterans to Farmers SLV
Military service comes in many forms. Veterans’ service is as diverse as their faces.
From World Wars to the Middle East; from musicians to direct combat. Every story
has its ending…some good, some bad, some traumatic and all heroic.