Ryan lives in Asheville, NC and has spent past 2 years working at Hickory Nut Gap Farm where production was focused on grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and hogs, organic fruits, mushrooms, and asparagus. Ryan has also been working the past 3 years as an organic farm inspector, which he is now pursuing as a full time job. He is involved with the Young Farmer and Rancher program through the Farm Bureau. Ryan recently competed in a “discussion meet” that each state YF&R group holds annually, with the winners from each state moving on the compete at the national competition. There 2 other YF&R competitions that are available to all young farmers (under 35) in every state in the union. Ryan is also involved with A Growing Culture, an organization dedicated to empowering the sustainable agriculture movement by highlighting traditional and alternative farm practices used throughout the world. This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.