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Oral history interview of Sara Ferrera. Interview conducted by Brandon Kirk via Zoom on July 21, 2021. Interview topics include early pre-military life; training; role in the military and daily responsibilities; how Ms. Ferrera supported Operation Enduring Freedom; trend analytics work; service-related injury; feelings of purpose and involvement with the war in Afghanistan; work as a contractor; receiving the Army Achievement Medal; supporting the war in Afghanistan from station in Kansas; transition from military service to agriculture with the Florida Department of Agriculture; lessons learned working in agriculture; rural versus urban farming; continued contact with other service members; applying military training to civilian life; self-taught and institutional learning in agriculture; building and running an urban greenhouse; impact of Ferrera's local urban farming on the community; different crops on her farm(s); and techniques used and learned in Ferrera's farming work.

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Video; MovingImage


Brandon Kirk

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Zoom. Orlando, FL

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida

Length of Interview



Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type