“I volunteered to join the Marine Corps, and volunteered to become a combat engineer. I wanted to do the job where someone had to put themselves in harm’s way, to go out first and make sure the guys behind me were not in danger.” Primarily tasked with obstacle breaching and IED detection, Rob lost both legs to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010. Yet he went on to bicycle across
the United States, run a month of marathons — 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities — and win a medal for rowing in the London Paralympics.

“Transitioning from the military into civilian life can be really challenging and one of the ways I have coped is to create goals for myself.” Still, Rob has more goals. He and his wife Pam are in their first season farming Gathering Springs Farm, a 13 acre property in Virginia. They plan to expand their CSA, host on-farm workshops, and sustain an income from the land.

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is purchasing a no-till planter and transplanter for Rob that will make it significantly easier to operate his vegetable farm with reduced need
to bend over, and simultaneously support his passion for regenerative agriculture.