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Urban farming to help disabled veterans

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Visitors to Disabled Veterans of America Chapter 16 on West Central Blvd. will find a gardening experiment out back.

Charlie Brantley designed what some believe could be an elaborate agricultural system.  It's a departure for the Air Force Veteran, who hopes to help wounded warriors of all ages.  

"I used to design weapons, so this becomes sort of a neat diversion is what we say," Brantley said as he explained how a collection of wire towers—stacked with fruit and vegetable plants-- could allow disabled veterans to grow crops in small spaces.

"It's just changing the surface are making it so a guy can get around it," Brantley said.

The towers use very little soil and a trickle-down watering system to grow the plants in a small space.  

The system is a variation on hydroponic gardening—which has long been used to allow urban gardeners to grow plants without soil.  

Brantley and a handful of other veterans are installing the towers one by one at places where veterans gather.  

They hope that the project will grow large enough to require veterans to be employed minding the systems—or at least allow them to grow food at home.  

A not-for-profit organization has agreed to build the system for veterans across the country.  Anyone interested in giving the system will find more information at www.veteransurbanfarming.com.

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