Iraq War Vet turned Farmer: Chris Whittaker

file under: hope, unpublished work, war

The second Iraq war vet turned farmer I photographed for this story is the wonderful Chris Whittaker, who now works on Fresh Edibles Community Farm with his father, Bob. Chris got back from Iraq this past September, and between his Army discipline and his dad’s mainstream agricultural background, got their farm up and running. 

Chris picking kale.

A really happy Bob and a candycane beet- yep, seriously, it’s a striped beet. And it’s delicious.

After only a year of business, Fresh Edibles makes deliveries of organic vegetable boxes to over 50 clients twice a week around the Stockton, California area. Bob and Chris wouldn’t let me leave the farm without taking my own overflowing crate of vegetables, picked while we were out in the fields.

They were the best tomatoes I’ve ever tasted. 


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