For three veterans, a garden gave them a reason to wake up in the morning.

The pilot program Roots to Road, created by Partners in Careers and Clark County, taught three local veterans as much about themselves as about gardening. Their six-month experience fed their spirits and nourished their bodies. They generated enthusiasm in the community that inspired other gardens, and developed marketable job skills to help them gain entrance into the work force.

Ben shows his favorite, the Tongue of Fire Bean.

Veteran Ben Hines holds the Tongue of Fire Bean.

They lost weight. They gained patience.

They got their hands dirty.

They got a free breakfast.

They found a purpose that made waking up and getting out of bed more meaningful.

Enjoy the trailer and come back on Tuesday to see the full release.

Video shot by Miles Burnett and Jordan Thompson
Video edited by Miles Burnett
Audio captured by Evan Newman

Suggestions for prepping your garden for winter from WSU Master Gardeners :

The easiest thing you can do is put compost or mulch into you gardens. If you have flowers, plants or bushes of some type I would leave the mulch on top of the soil to prevent freezing, or it can be worked into the soil to have a earlier start at decomposing for spring planting. If left on top, you will have to work it into the soil early in the spring before planting. I rake my non-diseased leaves and use them for protection for my plants and them in the spring rake part of them off and the rest turn into the soil. You can buy mulch/compost in bags at different stores or nurseries.

For more info:
WSU Master Gardeners – Heritage Farm
1919 NE 78th St.
Vancouver 98665
360-397-6060 ext 5711