The Veterans Gardens Soon to be Launched! (February 2014)
A Veterans Garden is the first of what will become a special innovation zone at the center of our region. Utilizing the Sugar Creek flood plain at 36th Street, transitioning veterans will build and then occupy a series (approximately a dozen) small villages, ranging in size from four (4) to a dozen (12) residents. Other citizens in need will be welcomed as well. Fish production tanks and plant production areas will be scaled proportionally so that research and comparative studies, perhaps even competitions can be held between villages. A local food hub will be created for retail and trade, and trails and public walks lead around and even through larger villages. Internships will provide veterans, graduates of Stonewall Jackson Training Center, and high school students in-depth training in aquaponics systems design, construction and operation. As a network of small learning centers, this setting is one in which experimentation is encouraged in nearly every dimension of community life, from food production and recycling waste to watershed restoration.