29 November 2009

Catching Up With Grads, Part 2

Erik Schmidt '95 with a new Ram for the farm

I always use two examples when talking to Midshipmen about how their careers may take them in a different direction from what the see in their futures.... first myself (I never pictured myself as Sailing Master!) and my classmate Erik Schmidt '95.  I spent this morning with Erik and his family at their farm in Ulster county New York.  After serving active duty in the Coast Guard, and then spending several years in the corporate world, Erik and Cecile started the Escot Valley Farm, and are now producing an amazing sheeps milk cheese in addition to free range poultry and other products.  I can vouch for the cheese, which is spectacular, and I brought a ton of it home to share.  

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