I originally hail from Concord, Massachusetts, but now call Burlington, Vermont home. I grew up on my family's summer camps, Camp Nashoba Day and Camp Nashoba North, in Littleton, MA and Raymond, ME. There I spent time among the trees and on the lake kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, windsurfing, climbing, building things out of wood, and gaining an appreciation for the earth around us. Camp Nashoba Day is also a farm, and I grew up with vegetable gardens, sheep, goats, and laying hens. I'll move back to our farm, but I'm using my late 20's to live and learn. Over the past five years, I've planted out much of our land with fruit trees and shrubs. When I return, they'll be bearing.
A life-long athlete, I was once an olympic hopeful. I spent two years at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center post-college. There I was a proud member of Team USA Modern Pentathlon, and competed at world-cups in California, Florida, Mexico, and Egypt, and at the 2015 World Championships in Berlin. Modern Pentathlon consists of fencing, swimming, horseback riding, pistol shooting, and running. In Colorado Springs, I also started a co-op grocery store and served on the board of Colorado Springs Food Rescue.
I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with degrees in Spanish and International Business. I studied in both Spain and Argentina and speak fluent Spanish. While at UVM, I lived in and was the treasurer of Slade Environmental Cooperative, a living community focused on environmental sustainability and local food. Dialogue with students from the Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences reinforced the notion that taking care of our home simply makes sense.
Outside of my professional life and formal academia, I read textbooks, white papers, and case studies in agroforestry, forest ecology, permaculture, and regenerative agriculture across the board. When you do what you love, it doesn't seem like work.
In August of 2016, I graduated from the University of Vermont's MBA program with a concentration in sustainable entrepreneurship. If our goal is to be responsible for planting one million chestnuts trees in the next ten years. We'd need the self-replicating, mycelial model known as the market. Business is a force to be harnessed for good, and I firmly believe that sustainability must be financially sustainable.
During the last few months of my MBA, I started a tree nursery at Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne, Vermont. I grew out thousands of chestnut, black walnut, black locust trees from seed, and plan to expand production this coming spring. Bread & Butter Farm is a collaborative farm, and is truly a beautiful place to be. Corie and Brandon run a large herd of beef cattle, and Henry operates a grass-fed, raw-milk micro dairy. Bekah and Corie grow vegetables in two large high tunnels, and Mike and Katie run Blank Page Cafe, which is in the farm's Farm Store, where Corinne takes care of a beautiful operation. Chris, Corie's partner, runs "Music for Sprouts," a sing-along program for pre-schoolers. Burger Night brings in hundreds of families from the surrounding towns on Friday nights in the summer. Bekah and Alex run a small summer camp and school programs frequent the farm. With 245 acres under management, the possibilities are endless. I'm part of a team. Without the team, and without you, I'm just a guy. With the team, and with you, we can achieve great things.