Originally a city boy, Justin was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where he studied and worked in print design and web development until 2009. Looking for a change, he decided to pursue his passion for draft horses. This brought Justin to Palmer, Massachusetts where he co-founded Blue Star Equiculture, a draft horse sanctuary and organic farm. Here, through years of training and caring for homeless drafts—Justin found his true calling… farming! While teaching courses in the art of draft-horsemanship at UMass Amherst, Justin met Nell. With her background in vegetable production, Nell and Justin have spent their years together teaching each other their trades… and finally, the fruits of their labor: Ironwood Farm!