Marine Corps veteran Tyler Albers hopes to trade in a helicopter machine gun for an old tractor and rusty plow.

With help from a growing national network of farmer support groups, the 26-year-old Albers plans to graduate from college next year and grow organic vegetables on a four-acre plot at his family’s farm in northeast Iowa.

Farmer-Veteran Coalition planted the seed for his venture this summer. The California organization partnered with several groups, among them Iowa State University, to guide veterans on a tour of small-scale organic farms in central Iowa.

Farming, which had long seemed impossible because of high start-up costs, now seemed within reach for Albers.