How 2 Army Vets Are Using a Spice to Help Farmers
When Miller and Jung were deployed in Afghanistan (Miller conducting night raids; Jung searching for roadside bombs), they never laid eyes on a saffron field. Jung got her first glimpse when she returned in 2014 to follow up on another veteran's tip—"He told me about a farmer who had tons of saffron and nowhere to sell it"—and meet growers. "I remember driving along the dusty roads, turning a corner, and whoa—royal purple flowers everywhere," she says.
Today Rumi Spice's original crop of 11 farmers has grown to 94. And Miller and Jung see their business as a catalyst for peace and prosperity equally. "For many Americans, the word Afghanistan evokes thoughts of war,"says Jung. "But our countries can find common ground instead of conflict."
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