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Homegrown By Heroes: The First in Indiana!

Posted 8/8/2014 10:41am by Alicia Moore.

Would you be more inclined to buy food which had been grown or raised by military veterans?  

In July, Blue Yonder Organic Farm received excellent news: the farm had been certified to carry a special USDA product label called “Homegrown by Heroes.” This designation is given to agricultural products grown, raised, or cultivated by military veterans and Blue Yonder is the first farm in Indiana to earn such a label. Homegrown by Heroes is a brand-new USDA certification for agricultural operations owned by veterans (if you would like to learn more, please visit www.hgbh.org).    

HGBH requires that veteran farmers have written plans in place to deal with variety of issues, such as sanitation, growing standards, methods to deal with customer grievances, etc. The standards for this certification are high but well worth it in order to show customers that we grow and raise high-quality, nutrient-dense products which are free of hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics.   When customers purchase items from Blue Yonder Organic Farm, they are not only supporting local agriculture but also supporting veterans through training, employment, and internships. At the farm veterans can find a calming environment while learning new skills. Veterans are exposed to a variety of agricultural production models, such as growing produce, raising livestock, and learning the basics of farm management.  

Additionally, we are tackling another growing issue: the lack of farmers in the US. Currently, the average age of the American farmer is 60, and there are not enough young farmers to replace those who are retiring. If we do not take an active role in our food system, who is going to feed us?  

Once again, a big thanks to everyone who has shown their support to us and the farm. Words cannot express our appreciation!    

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