The ‘out here’ Mitch was referring to is about 20 minutes from the Wyoming-Montana border. After graduating from Stanbridge in 2012, Mitch moved to Wyoming to attend a junior college.
“We took a family road trip out here my junior year of high school, and I loved it,” said Mitch. “It’s beautiful out here. It’s a different way of life.”
Although Mitch says he employed a variety of support resources while at college, school wasn’t working out.
“I had a mentor and a tutor, and I was still failing my classes so I stood up for myself and said it just wasn’t for me,” said Mitch. “I see other Stanbridge graduates excelling at school, I’m just excelling in other ways”
And excelling he is: Mitch recently bought a 40 acre ranch near Powell, WY.
“There’s nothing on it, just a little house and hay fields,” says Mitch, although the pride shines through in his voice. “I really want to raise horses and eventually buffalo.”
Mitch’s love of agriculture began while he was in high school. His first job: working for a pony-ride business.
“The lady I worked for really mentored me. I was shy and she got me to put myself out there,” said Mitch. “My senior year of high school, I bought a pickup truck and started hauling my own trailer.”
Once in Wyoming, Mitch learned the ranching business from friends.
“I met a lady out here who took me under her wing,” said Mitch. “She taught me stuff, and I taught her stuff. She was sort of a mom figure.”
Mitch says his best decision was self-advocating for what he wanted.
“I am a really active person so I wanted to find a lifestyle that supported that,” said Mitch, who says his parents encouraged him to be independent and gain confidence. “Everyone has their own abilities. Find your passion in life and push for it."
Mitch says he has given himself a year to save money before starting to buy animals for his ranch.
“Those are my goals and dreams right now. We’ll see,” he said. “Sure, I don’t make much money, but I’m happy, and it’s a rewarding lifestyle.”