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Race ’66: “I don’t ever want to work inside again.”

“Learn As You Go” Don smiles a lot and enjoys conversation, but he’s more comfortable communicating one-on-one than he is in the public spotlight. He’s unassuming in his manners, hiding the breadth of his education, which took him to medical school at the University of Pittsburgh before he was drafted and stationed stateside during the Vietnam War. Still, maintaining his land means he is always keeping an open mind to what’s next—for more than 30 years it’s been “learn as you go.” 68

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He admires farmers whose livelihoods rely on sustainable practices. “To farm like that, the knowledge you have to have is 10 times more than your regular farming. You probably need generations [of knowledge] to do that kind of job well.” Years of being an eye doctor created the financial stability Don and his family enjoy now; it was a profession for which he was aptly suited, and one that he fully appreciated. But when Don

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