Together, we have worked to build our dream of being a self-sustained, small business. We walked away from our life in the suburbs selling a vast majority of our belongings along the way. We purchased a small, mountainside homestead near Maryville, TN where we raise our daughter.
Dusken is a devoted husband & father who spent eight years in the US Army as an Infantryman. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant, served in Iraq & Afghanistan and is a graduate of the Army's Mountain Warfare & Air Assault Schools. Among Dusken’s decorations are several Army Commendation Medals, including one with Valor. After his military career he worked to aid the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Search & Rescue operations as an AD Hire. Shortly before the birth of his daughter he resigned from this position within the National Park Service. Today Dusken works in underground utilities and Dynamite as a licensed handler of explosives in the state on TN. He continuously works towards becoming a full-time homesteader.
Sitting at Dusken's right hand is his wife Jessi. Jessi holds a bachelors degree in Human Services and Social Work. She worked in a variety of settings such as emergency medicine, healthcare and child services before having the privilege of being a stay at home wife and mom. She is passionate about finding natural and sustainable ways to take care of her home and family. She loves sharing that goodness with others at http://www.appalachianapronstrings.com/