Evan Dayringer and Britten Stringwell
At Michigan State, Dayringer alternated between science majors before settling on math. He earned his undergrad degree in 2008 and thought of going on to grad school but soon became frustrated with the cost of school and the "high stress" of trying to win an academic position. Instead, he pursued a hands-on education in farming and food production, working at Frog Holler Farm, the Brinery, and Chelsea's Tantre Farm.
Stringwell graduated from Huron High and went on to the U-M, where she designed her own major in "environment and behavior." Studying architecture, psychology, and natural resources, she explains, she learned how to create spaces that "feel warm and welcoming and inspiring." She also took a second major in graphic design, graduating in 2005.
They met in 2009 at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. He was working with Frog Holler, and she was selling her raw-food "B Bars." "He really liked the bars and came and got them regularly," Stringwell recalls. "I think he really liked them, unless he just wanted to talk to me." Dayringer is quick to clear up the matter: "No, I really liked the bars!"