Bold Life: All I See is the Mission

John Mahshie’s goals lie between the rows. The former U.S. Airman founded Veterans Healing Farm in Hendersonville with his wife, administrative coordinator Nicole Mahshie. Helped by a corps of volunteers, the couple donates thousands of pounds of produce each season to area veterans through a central location: the Charles George...

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Plough to Pantry: A Profile in Courage

When disabled Air Force veteran John Mahshie took his now-wife Nicole on their first date, he shared a dream with her. On his ten-acre family plot in Hendersonville, NC, he envisioned creating a thriving micro-community of veterans—a ‘healing farm’ to support mind, body and spirit. Since Mahshie opened Veterans Healing...

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Surveying the Rows at Veterans Healing Farm

In this picture, Air Force veteran John Mahshie peruses the anise hyssop and bee balm among the lush acres of Veterans Healing Farm, the Hendersonville nonprofit he runs with his wife Nicole on long-held family land. This summer, the Mahshies sowed an American Flag garden visible from the air, a...

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Brothers in arms: Local nonprofits give back

With Veterans Day fast approaching, the customary forms of American celebration will be prominently on display: parades through city streets, moments of silence briefly interrupting broadcast media, solemn ceremonies at landmarks across the country, special discounts at restaurants and shops. Beyond those symbolic gestures, however, stands a large and growing...

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Mountain Causes: Veterans Healing Farm

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by paying tribute to our veterans. Apparently, neither can John Mahshie. Mahshie has created a farm for veterans in Western North Carolina and soon anyone flying above his family’s plot of land will know about it. As the sun poured...

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Veterans Healing Farm plans expansion

Charity plans community center made of renovated shipping containers Funds from private donors and a local community foundation point to expansion at the Veterans Healing Farm. The charity, which serves post-9/11 veterans and their families, plans to build a community center from renovated shipping containers thanks to a recent $25,000 grant from the Community...

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Veterans Healing Farm expands its reach

The sense of a loss of mission can be huge for veterans transitioning into civilian life — often, a civilian job can’t replicate the feeling of purpose and community many who have served in the armed forces are used to. The vision John Mahshie has for the Veterans Healing Farm...

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Healing Farm Grows Community

Near the wheelchair-accessible strawberry hills at Veterans Healing Farm, two shipping containers rest on a grassy patch as if dropped there by a strong storm. The farm is on veteran John Mahshie’s family land, a 9-acre piece of Hendersonville real estate repurposed as a place where other veterans can find...

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Farm Connects Returning Veterans

Veterans Healing Farm is a nonprofit community farm in Hendersonville. The farm grows vegetables and hops and even has a community supported agriculture program. But founder John Mahshie says that farming is really just a means to an end. The real goal of Veterans Healing Farm is therapeutic — it addresses...

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