Josh and his wife, Kelli, have been lucky enough to find themselves here in Sheboygan county since 2018 and further blessed to welcome their first child in 2022, a son named Sutter. Together they own a wool fiber farm and bed and breakfast called Velvet Sheep Farms located in Mosel Township. The very idea for Velvet Sheep Farms was borne of Josh’s love for nature and his strong desire to preserve it for the next generations; creating a sustainable business embracing the land in harmony and grace to create both products and experiences. The lessons learned and experiences gained building Velvet Sheep Farms one “brick” at a time are what Josh is excited to provide to GLC.
Josh grew up in upstate New York and it was there the seeds of his deep passion for nature and conservation first took root. As a child, Josh could always be found running through the fields and woods, and exploring every nook and cranny in the gully behind his grandmother’s house, observing the salamanders, crayfish, and multitude of other creatures that slithered, crawled, and buzzed there. A student of the Waldorf School, numerous educational programs through the Audubon society and Roger Tory Peterson Institute, along with volunteer work for the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings name just a few of his early experiences, those lessons lay at his very foundation and have guided most of his pursuits thereafter. Josh has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati and a paralegal certification from Beckfield College located in Kentucky.
Josh also chairs the GLC Community Outreach Committee and is excited to contribute in engaging the community and helping spread awareness about GLC’s mission.