Meet Your Farmer: Jon Darling of Darling Farm

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Jon Darling’s done a little bit of everything. He has degrees in culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management from Johnson & Wales. He was an army ranger deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s spent time serving food, cooking, bartending, and even spinning as a DJ. Now, he’s found his true calling and passion raising meat on Darling Farm in McClellanville, South Carolina. Darling, who grew up on his grandparents’ dairy farm in New York, always enjoyed cooking. After training to work in restaurants, however, he knew he needed a break. The cooking he really enjoyed was in meals prepared for his family and friends and special events. The restaurant grind just wasn’t for him. Then in 2011, after the 9/11 attacks, while working in his brother-in-law’s tile company, Darling made a life-altering decision: he was going to join the army. Not only did he join the army, but shortly into basic training, he decided to train to be an Army Ranger. He spent the following four years in the service, deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He writes on his website that “the time I spent in the Army were some of the best and some of the most challenging times of my life. I loved my unit and highly respect the brave men I worked with.” But the army wasn’t his true calling either and after leaving with honorable conditions, he returned to South Carolina to figure out how he wanted to spend his life.Soon after returning home, Jon became an intern at Thornhill Farm, a mixed vegetable and meat farm in McClellanville. There he discovered his love of raising animals and being a part of the farm-to-table local food experience. He brought that love to Darling Farm, his own venture, where he plans to eventually begin growing feed and vegetables for his animals. Darling recognizes farming as being crucial to his life as a veteran. He says that even if it’s only a temporary job, “Vets that are out there struggling to figure out what to do will find that living and working on a farm, with other like-minded vets, will [provide] a sense of belonging and build confidence by completing multiple tasks daily, working together, and reconnecting to the land and food that we grow, raise, and eat.” He works with organizations like the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Stag Vets to figure out ways to involve more veterans in farming operations. He hopes to grow Darling Farm to include internship programs and immersive farming programs so veterans will have accessible opportunities to learn the skills needed to work on farms.If you’re in the McClellanville area (about one hour north of one of our favorite cities, Charleston), you can purchase CSA shares of meat as well as whole or half animals from Darling Farm. Darling Farm is also working on expanding the Mansion, a side venture for the farm that will feature a full stop mobile pig roaster. Article updated October 31, 2017 by Cator Sparks. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Producelast_img read more

Police record statement from Dayasiri

He was seen attempting to obtain bail for some of the suspects.Jayasekera appeared at the office of the Colombo Deputy Inspector General (DIG) today to record a statement. The Police today recorded a statement from Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara over the recent violence in Kurunegala.The MP was seen at the Kuliyapitiya Police station during the tensions in the area. He left the Police station after giving a statement for around 3 hours. (Colombo Gazette)