Former U.S. Navy Machinist Mate 3rd Class Dylan Hughes is trading being on the sea for working the land.
The LFCC student is pursuing an associate degree of agricultural science. After serving in the Navy for four years, Hughes returned home to Kentucky, where he met his girlfriend, who was attending a horseshoeing school in Kentucky. When she returned to her native Northern Virginia, he moved to Virginia, too.
Hughes spent four months doing an apprenticeship at Whiffletree Farm. He “thoroughly enjoyed” the experience, and enrolled at LFCC using G.I. Bill funds this fall.
Hughes, who lives in Linden while attending classes on the Fauquier County Campus, hopes to start his own farm and run a farmers market. He thinks he’ll raise sheep and cattle.
“I’ve always kind of had farming in the back of my mind as of my career options,” says Hughes.
He has a couple of exciting options after obtaining his associate degree in agricultural science. Either, he could go to Virginia Tech and complete his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, or stay at LFCC and earn a second associate degree, possibly in business administration.
“Attending college at Lord Fairfax has been a rewarding experience so far,” Hughes says. “I’m really enjoying my English and environmental science classes.”
Through an articulation agreement, LFCC agricultural science graduates are guaranteed admission into the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.