An avid fisherman in his youth, John studied fisheries biology at the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation John served in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea.

A farmer’s daughter, Janet grew up eating local, sustainable and free-range long before it was fashionable. Her father raised fruit, vegetables and cows in California’s fertile Central Valley.

Initially, John and Janet settled in the San Francisco bay area, but they longed for a more simple, self-sufficient lifestyle. In 1985, they moved to Sanger, California and broke ground on their first fish pond.