There are nearly twenty-five million veterans and active-duty soldiers in North America. Some experts estimate that more than one quarter of these men and women suffer from post-traumatic distress, and many other military persons experience difficulty reintegrating into civilian life.
The new book: Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities shares the stories of men and women who are finding relief from stressful and traumatic military experiences, while also establishing community networks and other peer support initiatives. Stephanie Westlund has authored the book and holds a PhD in peace and conflict studies. She has been conducting research with veterans since 2009.
With both the Dutchess County Fair and the New York State Fair preparing to open their doors, many young people are gearing up for the rides, games, and food. But some have much more to do. The young members of the organization 4-H are busy preparing their animals and projects for presentation across the country. For people involved in 4-H activities, the organization is an important part of the community.
On a September evening, Greg Garrison and his family are preparing to pick the last of their first harvest of hops at their farm in Ballston, New York. After pulling the load of bines off the back of a truck, the hops are loaded onto an angled table.
On June 14 Farm Aid announced that its annual benefit concert will, for the first time, be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Today the concert lineup was announced: artists slated to perform include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists include Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
A grassroots initiative designed to strengthen the agricultural economy and address the needs of area farmers has kicked off in the Central Berkshires. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…