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trains border collies for sheep herding; trains sheep guard dogs to guard the flocks


A diverse designer with more than 20 years of expertise in supervising the construction and completion of projects across various industries, Michael Rahal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Michael Rahal commands a diverse acumen in the blueprinting and creation of museums, retail sites, interior spaces, religious institutions, academic facilities, residences, and variety of other structures. He received a number of awards from the American Institute of Architects and held roles with firms including Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York City and Hanbury Evans Newell Vlattas Architects in Tampa. In 2011, he endeavored to leverage his skills in micro and macro management, the implementation of lasting structures, and artistic vision to found an entirely new project, Rahal Farms. Nestled in Fernvale Valley, Tennessee, Rahal Farms features nearly 60 acres of land and a philosophy that values natural processes. Michael Rahal emphasizes the harmony of land, animal, and farmer with a creative methodology that affords the farm the ability to evolve on its own as the need to implement more structures arises. Currently, Rahal Farms serves as the home to nearly 1,000 happy, healthy hens who roam the grounds as they please. The chickens join dogs, cows, goats, sheep, ducks, and others in a giving, free landscape. By not separating the animals, Michael Rahal encourages their stress-free lifestyles and ensures a high standard of byproducts. To learn more about the family at Michael Rahal’s farms, find news surrounding the soon-to-open educational Center for Culinary Sustainability, or read further about his philosophy and background, visit 

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