Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This Combat Vet Wants to Inspire a New Generation of Farmers

Morgan Boyd works at his 15-acre, family-owned farm, Pepper Creek Family Farms, in Arroyo Grande, California. (Photo by Susanna Frohman)

Growing up on a 15-acre family farm in central California, Morgan Boyd never dreamed of a career in agriculture. He recalled harvesting corn by hand in the sweltering heat in the Huasna Valley and hawking produce at farmer's markets around San Luis Obispo County.

"I didn't see the farm as something I ever wanted to pursue at all," he said.
But after serving a dozen years in the Army, during which he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, he was medically retired and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. He found peace back on the farm.


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