Michael Tevlin grew up in Lake Oswego and worked in many varied jobs before becoming interested in agriculture, including being a bus driver, delivery driver, concierge, camp counselor, and Americorps Volunteer. In 2006, he interned at Dancing Roots Farm in Troutdale and became interested in running a small farm. He traveled through Ireland volunteering on organic farms, then came back and spent some time with other Portland urban farmers getting ideas. He found the plot for Cully Neighborhood Farm in November 2009. Michael also works as an inclusion specialist for people with disabilities.