Why did you begin farming?
I love the land — hiking in West Virginia where I was born and raised, a World War II victory garden, fishing in Canada, and duck and goose hunting on a wheat farm in North Dakota.
Have you always been an eco-farmer, or did you make a change?
Yes. As a career pathologist with a special interest in breast cancer, I wanted the healthiest beef I could produce.
What was the biggest hurdle you have overcome?
Paperwork requirements, organic certification, label approval, Whole Foods Market requirements, government requirements.
What do you enjoy most about farming?
Seeing herds of mother cows and calves in every direction on pasture on a beautiful summer day; improving our land.