Daniel Collay grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Eugene. There he gained an early appreciation for farming and the environment. He showed and raised lambs for 4-H. In high school and enrolled in the Rachel Carson Environmental Science Academy where he learned broad sustainability concepts, practical restoration skills, and became a certified master recycler. He followed his passion for the environment into college, graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. During his studies, he learned about sustainable development, food systems, and environmental policy. For his Capstone, he designed, created, and implemented a botanical tour showcasing trees on campus. Daniel grew his farming knowledge while interning with the Berggren Demonstration Farm in Springfield Oregon. He also was Trip Leader for the SOU Outdoor Program in college.
While new to the ranch he has found a lot to love here. The land seems to offer endless opportunity to support the community, not only with the bounty of food but also with its wealth of knowledge, history, and beauty. He thinks The Crest will be an excellent way to grow his love of farming, environmental education, and leadership.