Farm Manager, Joel Swenson, was an Airborne Combat Medic in the US Army. He served active duty from 2007-2011. Deployed to Afghanistan 2009-2010. After getting out in 2011 he used his GI Bill at Western Washington University and received a Bachelors in Outdoor Recreation. He started part time at Growing Veterans, with little to no experience, and now manages 40 acres of Organically Certified land at the Starbird Road Farm in Mount Vernon. Joel wants to pass on the knowledge he gains to other veterans and to reconnect them with nature as a source of healing.