Bill grew up in farm country in northeast Ohio before moving to southeast Michigan in 1984. His first toys were farm toys and he loved being around his best friend's grandfather's dairy farm. He always wanted to be a farmer, but took a while to pursue that dream. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1993 with a B.S. in Computer Science. After living in Memphis, Tennessee for 10 years, he moved back to southeast Michigan with his wife and family. Life events lead him to the OFTP program and he is looking forward to learning and growing along with the plants he will be tending. Eventually he would like to have a farm in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan and provide the locals with fresh fruits and vegetables year round.