WHO’S YOUR FARMER
I wasn't raised on a farm and had very little idea of true farming. I have a finance degree and spent 13 years as a buyer for government agencies in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo. When I moved back to Paso Robles in 2003 I began growing food for my family in order to be more self sufficient and to save money. The more I grew, the more I LOVED it. I quickly added dairy goats and a few chickens to our homestead and began raising a couple of pigs each year for meat. In 2009, still working full time, I decided to try a CSA model to sell some of my excess vegetables. I quickly sold the 5 shares I offered and expanded the next year to 10. In 2010 I raised a small batch of meat birds to provide my family with ethically raised meats. They tasted amazing and it wasn't long before I had people asking me to raise some for them. In 2014 Ryan and I purchased 10 acres in Shandon and expanded our pasture raised meat product line. After a lay off in 2015 I began farming full time and we discontinued the CSA; offering only pasture raised meats (chicken, pork and turkey) to our customers. I am living my dream; working alongside my husband (my best friend) and my son!
I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and I have a background in business marketing from The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!). After graduating from OSU I was a financial advisor with our family business. I quickly realized I wanted something more. I moved to California in 2014 where I met and fell in love with Sarah and farming. I thoroughly enjoy working with my hands and being outside instead of cooped up in an office. Owning and running our farm gives me the satisfaction of building something meaningful while utilizing my business background. I love raising food properly for our community to enjoy and LOVE that I get to know and talk to our customers each week at farmers markets!
Im 16 and a Junior at Paso Robles High School (Go BEARCATS!). My main job on the farm is to help my mom and Ryan with chores and caring for the animals. I appreciate the hard work it takes to bring the chicken and pork to farmers markets. Outside of farm life I play soccer, video games and am involved in FFA through my school.