Vicksburg Veteran Grows Locally-Sourced Sauce Company


by Rebecca Turner, Our Mississippi Home

Gardening can make you feel more relaxed and peaceful. Focusing your attention on the immediate and physical tasks of gardening can reduce negative thoughts and feelings and help keep you in the present moment. Spending time outside around plants or having a variety indoors can ease stress for many people. That is why after a tour in Afghanistan, Marine veteran Al Winschel turned to gardening as a therapeutic way to relax from the stress of post-military service.

In 2010, Winschel settled back into his hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi, ready to transition into civilian life, and began his gardening adventure. At first, Winschel gardened Mississippi’s traditional backyard summer favorites in containers: cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, and more.

“Gardening gave me something to focus…

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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