The Soldier and the Soil

Steve Acheson & Veteran-led Community Farming

Story by: Barrett Swanson
Published in: Orion Magazine 35th Anniversary Issue

Waunakee, Wisconsin


For Steve, farming isn’t just a pastoral antidote to the traumas of war. Instead, the farm itself is a form of activism, a cunning method of protest.

Perhaps we owe veterans the duty of listening. Think of how much nerve it takes to admit your complicity in immoral actions. Might this be heroic?