Yesterday Valhalla hosted over 50 people during Marion County's Annual Pasture Day seminar and in between formal lectures Gordon stopped everyone to tell the story of Kephart Pond.
Valhalla's first pond was named after Specialist Jonathan Kephart, who was killed during a firefight with the Mahdi Army on Route Sword in Iraq on April 8th, 2004. The farmers and ranchers who attended the seminar were spellbound as they listened and realized that
Valhalla is not just about best farming or forestry practices, and not just about sustainable building, but first and foremost about honoring and serving post-9/11 Soldiers. Kephart's story as told by SSG Mike H. Williams is described in the book "Warrior Police"; aside from the song birds and sound of rain splashing, one could have heard a pin drop as attendees listened to Gordon explaining why Kephart Pond is so incredibly special.
|Kephart Pond at Valhalla|
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The Valhalla Project needs your help and supportJust getting a project like Valhalla up and running has required a significant investment in time, money, and labor. With roughly $500,000 already invested over the last two years into the Valhalla Project for property acquisition, feeding and housing Soldier participants, infrastructure and facility improvements, animal purchases and feed, tools and building supplies, forest and pasture management expenses, and much much more, resources are running thin. We need YOUR help to keep Valhalla functioning efficiently - while at the same time expanding vitally important programs to assist post-9/11 combat Soldiers and war zone civilian workers to transition back into the civilian world.
The Valhalla Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity recognized by the IRS.
Nobody, including cadre or board members, draws a paycheck here, nor will they ever: we simply give everything we have to make Valhalla possible. 100% of your donation via Paypal will go directly to program expenses, period. If you'd prefer to instead directly donate four new tractor tire, a truckload of straw bales, a pallet of dimension lumber, or even a few dozen 10' sheets of forest green tin roofing, that would be absolutely wonderful - yet perhaps polking the "Donate" button above to contribute $10, $20,
$50 or even more might be a little easier and more practical!