Michael has been involved in the natural and organic foods industry for most of his adult life. Beginning his career in the organic tea business he later discovered the wonders of farming. After several successful small-scale farming operations, he co-founded New Sprout Organic Farms, an Asheville, NC based organic agriculture company that supplies major retailers with organic produce. Taking a break from farming, Michael more recently co-founded sweetblossomgifts.com, a dynamic community-based e-commerce platform that empowers women artisans from around the country by selling their handmade products. When he’s not working, Michael loves being outside with his family and taking advantage of all the southern Appalachians have to offer.