FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Operation Welcome Home held a veterans agriculture coaching program workshop and farm tour on the Abel Farm in Pursglove on Tuesday.
The Abel household offered these in attendance an academic tour and a stroll round their working farm. Approximately six years in the past, the household began the farm by attending beekeeping college in Marion County, additionally attending grasp gardener lessons, and becoming a member of the Monongalia County Farm Bureau.
“And the process of farming is something where you are your own boss. So, if you are undermotivated it’ll be underproductive, if you’re highly motivated it’ll be highly productive. If you are willing to accept the fact that you’re plunging into uncharted territory,” stated Rick Abel, a farmer. “I pushed a pencil and played with computers most of my career, so as a programmer I did events, but I didn’t farm but I was always around it.”
In May, a collaboration between West Virginia University Extension Service and Operation Welcome Home offered a chance for attendees to study about excessive tunnel irrigation in addition to crop planting.
“So, there are many things that, you know, farming can do for veterans. For one, if they want to go into a business that is a very, very great opportunity for people to provide revenue for their families, but it is also therapy,” stated Tiffany Summerlin, Executive Director at Operation Welcome Home. “It’s actually called agri-therapy, so that act of planting something and nurturing it and seeing it come to fruition is something that is very, very awesome to do as a individual. And I think it can really help people to deal with some mental health obstacles in their way, this is a great way to kind of get them over those humps.”
Officials from Operation Welcome Home use agriculture to carry folks along with an curiosity in agriculture both as a passion or these curious about making farming right into a enterprise.