Southern Utah’s Veteran Honor Garden Org.

Victory Garden Poster, US Department of Agriculture

Honor Garden Organization reflects on a time when every American was counted on to do their part. It was a time of great food insecurity due to lack of labor, reallocation of transpiration resources, and necessity to send food overseas. Americans responded in sounding fashion, with over 40 percent of the Nation’s produce supply raised in backyard gardens. Today we are once again on the brink of a food crisis and the need to mobilize couldn’t be more important.

The Veterans Honor Garden Organization of Southern Utah has a solution and believes that Veterans and Military members along with their families are well equipped as modern-day problem-solvers and have proven to be hard working patriots. Honor Garden Organization see’s three problems: first and foremost, food insecurity, second is the astounding physiological tool of two decades of sustained war on our Veterans, and an aging farmer population that will soon rely on younger generations to pick up the slack in sustainable food sources. So, what is the solution to this national food crisis? The same solution that worked during World Wars I and II: Honor Gardens!

Growing Sustainable Veterans

Honor Garden is open to all Veterans, Active-Duty Military and residents of the communities where they are located. Honor Garden Org envisions community gardens in every major city across the United States with the purpose of cultivating a sustainable food source, helping Veterans, Military members and their families heal from traumas that often lead to isolation, drug or alcohol abuse, and suicide while finding camaraderie of being with others who have a great understanding of their experiences. Agri-therapy has proven therapeutic for Veterans suffering from PTSD and depression, primarily due to the microbes found in soil that triggers the release of serotonin in the body, thus improving mood, and decreases anxiety. Lastly, Honor Gardens provide a pathway for Veterans to reconnect with members of their communities through a shared purpose of gardening and can help build a bridge for Veteran’s reintegration into society and the communities they have so proudly served.

How to Get Involved

Honor Garden Org is looking to connect with Veterans, Military members and their families along with anyone in the greater southern Utah area who shares a passion for Gardening. Everyone is encouraged to sign up through www.honorgarden.org in order to remain informed of future initiatives sponsored by Honor Garden Org. Honor Garden Org looks forward to creating a deeper connection with all Southern Utah communities and those that call Utah’s Dixie home. In the words of Honor Garden Org Founder, US Army Combat Veteran, Brian A. Lloyd “You don’t have to be special to do something special for someone else. Regular people do amazing things together when they look around and are open to others in our own communities”. A huge Thank you to everyone that supports Veteran Initiatives and preserves the American way of life. Support Honor Garden Org today and join the fight against food insecurities and Veteran Suicide.

Honor Garden Org. www.honorgarden.org

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About the Author:

 

Brian A. Lloyd is a US Army Disabled Combat Veteran and the Founder, CEO of Honor Garden Org. A Non-profit 501c3 organization. Lloyd has served in both Military and Civil Service positions with the United States Army for over 22 years. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration Villanova University and runs several for-profit businesses along with Honor Garden Org. When Lloyd has free time, he enjoys spending time with family, watching movies and all things gardening.

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