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Behind the Scenes of Homegrown Heroes

 
Explore photos from some of the places Lidia visited for her Homegrown Heroes special.

Edgar Hercila, US Army & Nate Looney, Louisiana National Guard – Anaheim, California

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Edgar Hercila farms microgreens working closely with Nate Looney, also a veteran. Nate and Edgar use hydroponic and aquaponics technologies, a totally sustainable type of gardening.

Photography: Dylan Leavitt/WGBH

Alvina Maynard, US Air Force – Richmond, Kentucky

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Alvina Maynard raises alpacas, as the owner of River Hill Ranch in Richmond, Kentucky.

Photography: Dylan Leavitt/WGBH

Calvin Riggleman, US Marines – Loom, West Virginia

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Calvin Riggleman (Bigg Riggs) owns an 80-acre expanse of land, grows all kinds of fruits and vegetables, and manages a farm stand.

Photography: Dylan Leavitt/WGBH

Kelly Carlisle, US Navy – East Oakland, California

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Kelly Carlisle founded Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, which is a non-profit urban farm that focuses on serving at-risk youth from kindergarten to 8th grade.

Photography: Dylan Leavitt/WGBH

Matt Smiley, US Army – Davis, California

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Matt Smiley discovered his passion for farming and farms at the University of California’s sustainable agriculture research ranch. He also works at Farmer Veteran Coalition to help other veterans find meaningful careers in agriculture.

Photography: Meredith Nierman/WGBH

A Celebratory Dinner

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Homegrown Heores culminates by bringing our featured veterans together for a large family-style dinner at a vineyard in Woodside, California. Here Lidia presents a meal inspired by her travels. She gathers ingredients from a neighboring California farm called Jacob’s Farm, created as a training facility to help individuals make the transition from vets to farmers.

Photography: Meredith Nierman/WGBH