Ryan has always had a passion for animals, starting out raising rabbits and peacocks then moving up to goats, sheep, and a CAMEL! Yes a Camel, Ryan bought his pet camel Joshua when he was 18. He uses the camel as part of a traveling petting zoo where he and Tom travel around to different fairs and events. Ryan has been business oriented for much of his life from starting a Christmas tree operation while he was young to the traveling petting zoo and now Lilac Hedge Farm.
Ryan attended UMASS Amherst for agricultural business with a focus on livestock management. Ryan sits on Massachusetts State Livestock Committee, and is a very active member of Massachusetts Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. He also sits on the board of directors for Worcester County Farm Bureau.