Farmer Spotlight: Nate Looney (Westside Urban Gardens) at the Food Tank Summit in San Diego
Evan Eagan November 15, 2017
A smooth transition from military service to civilian life is a tall order, especially when one has seen the effects of war and has faced life-threatening situations. As many as 20 percent of all Iraq War veterans come home only to find themselves plagued with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Nearly half of the post-9/11 veterans surveyed also report experiencing more family problems after coming home.
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“Their voices are among many LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) farmers who strive to be true to themselves — not only in terms of vocation, but also regarding their core selves as expressed through sexual orientation and gender identity. This can be difficult, but a number of organizations are engaged in some serious advocacy work to help LGBTQ farmers live up to and into their truest selves.”
“I’m a fifth-generation farmer,” he said. “My family has a farm in Louisiana that has been in our family since my grandmother’s grandfather started it. This is kind of like returning to my roots.”
“I focused on researching urban agriculture and drought tolerant edible solutions, which further led me to aquaponics where we use 90% less water to grow food in a fraction of the time and fraction of the space needed for traditional growing methods,” he said. “I was off to the races.”