Mike grew up on a Kansas farm and worked in agricultural research and development for almost 30 years, rising to lead research and development activities for Zeneca Ag Products. In 2001 he returned to farming in SLO County where he and his wife have developed a direct marketing business based in produce from about 20 acres near Cambria. The experience of practical farming has engendered a passion for local farming, community, and the impacts of government regulation on small business. As a consequence he works diligently to support the RCD’s non-regulatory mission of preserving soil and water in SLO County. He represents the RCD on the county’s Water Resources Advisory Committee and is a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee. He also manages Cambria’s farmers market.