Hero Greens was founded in 2017 by Stephen and Brittany Ertel of Liberty Lake, WA. Stephen is an Army veteran, who served in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 on a Police Transition Team in Diyala province, southeast of Baghdad. Like so many other combat veterans, the challenges and struggles did not end on the battlefield, but continued after returning to “normal” life back home.
Lacking direction and seeking greener pastures, he moved from California to Spokane in 2011, when he met his wife-to-be Brittany, then a psychology student at Eastern Washington University. Her background would prove to be crucial for their marriage and family, after Stephen was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2012.
Together they worked through many challenges, eventually finding healing and purpose in gardening. Stephen spent much of his free time learning about plants and different growing methods. Flowers and vegetables grew year-round in the Ertel family basement, as hobby turned into passion.
After encouragement from friends, family, and fellow veterans, Hero Greens was born. Through her career in social work, Brittany was keenly aware of the struggle other Veterans were facing in our community, and together the Ertel family made a commitment to offer internships and employment for other veterans whenever possible.
Thank you for supporting us and our mission:
Providing for your family and ours. Empowering fellow Veterans