Born on a small organic farm in the Pacific Northwest US, Connor has spent much of his adult life living and working on farms and in restaurants, in communities around the world. Connor is currently a PhD Candidate in Social Ecology at the University of California-Irvine, and in 2017 he completed a year long apprenticeship at Rancho Mastatal. His research focuses on supporting sustainable entrepreneurship in rural Latin American communities because he believes in the power of education to unlock our collective latent potential. In addition to co-founding Atabey Botanicals, he has over 7 years of professional cooking experience, 10 years of home brewing experience and has been experimenting with making natural home care products since childhood. When not working with students or buried in his research, you can find him happily experimenting in the kitchen, frolicking in nature, reading a book, doing yoga, practicing meditation or enjoying a delicious brew.