Reconnecting Veterans with Family
Mountain Cajun Getaway ( mountaincajungetaway.org ) caters to veterans with a focus on building community and family bonds. As stated on their website, “Mountain Cajun Getaway provides veterans and their families the pathway to reconnect and overcome the struggles resulting from service-related separation and trauma.” Veterans and their families spend time at the Getaway building bonds that were often frayed by long and difficult deployments while reconnecting to the natural environment through hiking, fishing, hunting and, of course, making maple syrup. At a recent Louisiana fundraiser, the veteran producers may have set a world record when 11 quarts of syrup they produced was brought $250 per quart at auction.
Through the Grimes’ knowledge and experience in sap producing, they are in an ideal position to coach these families in learning about maple syrup production. This work to help veterans transition back into civilian life will have a lasting impact on this community, and by helping the families gain agricultural skills, a lasting impact on the sustainability of their futures.
“What we’re doing here is helping veterans get out and giving them a new purpose with agriculture,” says Grimes. “Future Generations University has really given the project a backbone with the wealth of knowledge and resources to help people better work with what they have. I’m looking forward to getting started on the next phase.”