Benedict Misko served his country as a Motor Vehicle Operator in the Marines. After earning a degree in Turf Grass Science from PSU and working several years on a golf course, he decided farming would be a better fit for him.
The 33-year old and his partner Casey – who has an Organic Farming certificate from Michigan State – started Restless Roots Farms in Central Pennsylvania. They offer vegetables and cut flowers, both through a local CSA, medicinal herbs and even a mobile petting zoo. Ben has found healing through farming after suffering a traumatic brain injury during combat. “Having a brain injury can be very frustrating at times, but animals provide a reprieve for me. My farm allows me to make my own schedule which is helpful when I have days that I can’t concentrate. Working for someone else does not allow me to take the time I need for myself.”
This year Ben and Casey were offered an opportunity to farm an additional 30 acres up the road from their original 1-acre site. They will put their $2,500 grant toward purchasing much needed hay equipment for this tremendous growth for their farm business. “We are ecstatic because we looked for land all summer; this grant is a way to make my long term goals come true. I asked for this equipment so I can provide for more animals without additional financial burden.”
Ben adds: “Farming is what keeps me sound in my mind. The animal and plant care keeps me on schedule and provides an income that I would not otherwise have available.”