Retired scientist looking for short/long term leasing opportunities to begin small scale vegetable operation with direct sales to the consumer. In addition, the ideal leasing opportunity would also provide the opportunity to grow livestock, including poultry, swine, and cattle on a small scale for personal consumption.
My interest has roots in my childhood and as a young man growing up in rural eastern CT. In that setting I worked on dairy, cattle, and poultry operations on a part-time basis. In addition, my mothers passion for gardening kindled a deep respect and the joy I get from "playing in the dirt". Over the course of my career in the pharmaceutical industry, gardening has been my sanctuary providing a daily escape from the demands of my profession, the rapid expansion of technology into society and provided my connection to the natural order of the universe.
I was enrolled in a CT Vo-Ag program in high school and upon graduation enlisted in the US Armed Forces serving in the United States Coast Guard completing 4 years of active and 2 years of in-active duty. I enlisted and served 2 years in CT National Guard on a part-time basis (weekend warrior) in my mid twenties as well.
I was a non-tradional student starting college as a 30 year old freshman at ECSU. I was nominated for and enrolled in both the university and biology honors programs. During my time at ECSU, I was involved in a many volunteer activities and president of the Biology Club, Aquarium Club, and Campus Ministry Foundation. I graduated in 1994 , Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in biology, chemistry minor, the distinction as a University Honors Scholar and was a 1994 recipient of the Henry Barnard Foundation Distinguished Student Award, annually presented to 10 of the 10,000 (approx) graduating seniors in the CT State University system (Eastern, Central, Southern, Western) upon nomination by the respective University president. I was awarded a fellowship to Yale University to pursue my graduate studies receiving a MS degree in cell and molecular biology in 1996 before leaving to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
I more recently retired from my career serving in any number capacities as an individual contributor or manager leading groups up to 8 scientists primarily focused in the bioanalyical arena of R&D. In those capacities, my focus providing the development to support early and late stage drug candidates in both regulated (cGMP, cGLP, cGCP) and non-regulated spaces.