Jess grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, surrounded by a herd of goats and a dream of serving people around the world. With a bachelors degree in marketing and a masters in horticulture, she has worked in various roles: from Event and Marketing Manager at a YMCA to Marketing Specialist for ag-related businesses and non-profits. Her favorite tasks were when she tended fields and flocks in Honduras, South Africa, and Japan alongside her husband during their ten years in international agriculture. They, and their two children, are now settling down in Lancaster County. Jess enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, reading nonfiction, and eating al fresco.