(L to R) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Advocacy and Outreach Carolyn Parker, Archieâs Acres and Veteranâs Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) Eric Boyd, Archieâs Acres and Veteranâs Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) graduate, Forager Mikeâs Superfoods Dang Hot Sauce Mike Hanes, Archieâs Acres Veteranâs Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT)Dylan Ratigan, USDA Deputy Chief of Staff Anne MacMillan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Archiâs Acres and Veteranâs Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT), Colin and Karen Archipley, Veteranâs Valor Fund representative Filomena Spiese, University of Vermont and Archies Acres representative Jeff Spees, and USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Elanor Starmer met at USDA in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2013. Archieâs Acres in association with a local university offers the Veteranâs Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program to active-duty military, veterans and anyone interested in sustainable agriculture as a career. Colin and Karen run a state-of-the-art, organic, hydroponic greenhouse operation in Escondido, CA. The farm produces basil, kale, avocados and a variety of other crops for the local market. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.
May 9, 2014
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