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Growing Veterans awarded JMK Innovation Prize; receives $175,000

Nov 13th, 2015 | Category: News

LYNDEN – Growing Veterans was named one of 10 winners nationwide of the JMK Innovation Prize, which will provide $175,000 to the group over the next three years. The winners, announced Nov. 12, were selected as “early-stage, diverse social innovation projects across the U.S. that offer cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and actionable approaches to important social problems.” The JMK Innovation Prize is offered by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation. A total of 1,138 applications were considered. The money will be used to train veterans to become “effective peer supporters” to help other veterans. Growing Veterans, which started three years ago, offers support for veterans through agriculture. With a mission to empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other, the non-profit combines veteran reintegration with sustainable agriculture. The group has grown significantly over the last three years, now operating their home farm in Lynden and a farm in the Skagit Valley, and working other regional outposts as well as selling their produce at the VA Farmers Market in Seattle. For more information, see their website at http://growingveterans.org.

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