Farmer Spotlight: Nate Looney (Westside Urban Gardens) at the Food Tank Summit in San Diego
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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.
“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.”