• The TEAM

    AHA Cluster, LLC  Although there are over 100 economic niches in the Agriculture, Horticulture, and Agroforestry (AHA) industries, the United States is losing farmers at an alarming rate.  The AHA Cluster, LLC, drawing from 50 years’ experience in Agriculture, Horticulture, and Agroforestry, has formulated a Value Chain concept to integrate these niches as a long-range hedge for our national food security and to increase profitability for small rural and urban farmers. As pollination is key for many of these niches and bees are facing increased threats, this niche deserves special attention. Boots to Bees   is our attempt to address these pollination challenges.

    James McCormick is the Director of WV Department of Agriculture’s Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program.  This program identifies Agriculture, Horticulture, and Agroforestry opportunities and directly assists veterans in starting micro businesses and cottage industries or obtaining jobs in those areas. The first of its kind in the US, this program has grown into a model for other states to adopt.  To date, the Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Beekeeping program has the highest success rate; over 270 veterans have been trained.

    Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, Director of the National Center for Veterans Services at the University of Utah, is a nationally-recognized expert in military mental health. In addition to suicide prevention and PTSD research and treatment, Dr Bryan is committed to their secondary mission to “better position these skilled, experienced, and well-trained veterans for continued service that further advances American values, prosperity, and security.”