The oldest of six children, I grew up in a small town just outside of Winchester, VA. Prior to my military service, I grew up on a small cattle farm that we did not own, where we helped the farm's owner in exchange for discounted rent. If there's one thing I learned early on, it was that nothing on a farm comes for free! My experiences on the farm were largely focused on manual labor doing things like baling hay and maintaining the various buildings and property. Unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to work with the cattle. I loved living in the country but I always dreamed of traveling, something that my mother instilled in all of us kids. Upon graduation from high school in 2002, I joined the US Navy and became a submariner. I have had the extraordinary opportunity to travel the world and I have met many people along the way. Throughout my service and my travels, I have always looked back fondly upon how I grew up and appreciated the experiences I had and the values I was taught. It took me many years to realize how good the farm life was to me and my family. The older I have become, the more I have realized how important and how much I valued a self-sustaining lifestyle. It seemed however, that it would be difficult, if not impossible to do something like that on my own. Luckily for me, in my travels I was fortunate enough to meet Tara. An amazing woman with similar goals, she has helped me achieve this life that I am so very lucky to have. I have had the opportunity to return to my roots and work outdoors, spend time with amazing animals, and help others. We will continue to do these things as long as we're able. Thanks so much for reading!