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Nearly half of U.S. farmers are planning to retire in the next five years, and it’s not clear who will replace them. One group in Virginia may have a solution: military members and veterans, who are being trained not only to do the job, but also to help some of the millions of people who don’t have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

At Arcadia Farm, in Alexandria, Va., on land once owned by George Washington, the philosophy is that military veterans looking for a new career have exactly what skills are necessary to be successful farmers.

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