Matt spend his whole life dreaming of farming. As a youngster he would make tracks in the carpet as he planted his “fields” with his John Deere tractor. However, as he entered school he received the pat response “you don’t want to farm; your smart”. It seems there is an underlying premise that farmers aren’t smart.Or perhaps it is the concern that the hard work is too much.
Either way, it doesn’t matter. He is exceedingly bright, loves farming and he loves hard work. He got his first job when he was just 14 on a neighbors farm. He continued to work on area farms big and small looking for ways to farm.
In Minnesota you don’t farm without a thousand acres you inherit and the hundred thousand dollar combine to go with it. He had no farm to inherit so he pushed his dreams aside and went to college. He pursued a career as an educator. After teaching high school science for one year he went on to graduate school at the University of Maryland where he received his degree in Analytical Chemistry with an emphasis in Environmental Chemistry. In 2003, he got a job teaching at Southeast Missouri State University. That was when his wife read a book by Joel Salatin and the farming inspiration was rekindled.
They bought a small property just outside of town, got a few hogs and hens later that year and Family Friendly Farm was born!