Ray hails from Santa Fe, NM in the arid Southwest. Technically that makes him a “flatlander”, though Santa Fe sits at seven thousand ft. in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. Ray ended up in Vermont because his wife Jena is a Duxbury, Vermonter and she wanted to settle in Vermont. They reside in Jericho, and have three wonderful kids.
Ray has worked in the food industry most of his life. He's been a cook, and worked in natural foods out West for Alfalfa’s, and Wild Oats. In Vermont he has worked for Onion River Coop, and Sweet Clover Market. While in Vermont Ray developed a love for gardening, which has blossomed into an interest in organic farming. Which has led him here to JSF.
Ray started last fall washing and packing tons of root vegetables, and greens. He also did a bit of tomato harvesting, as well as egg collection and washing. This spring Christa and Mark have let him out of the barn: seed sowing in the greenhouse, transplanting in the hoop houses, and in the fields. Yippee! Ray does a little bit of everything, all the while learning about organic farming. Ray has come full circle in the food business having been on both ends of it - first in retail and restaurants, and now in the growing of food. He looks forward to learning more, and possibly having a small farm one day.