Meet your neighbor: Andrew Voss
Andrew Voss and his family traded city life in Los Angeles for a farm with 50 goats in Estacada. Voss, who has a background in marine biology and information technology, manages the daily operations at Getfoola Farms. "We start taking care of the critters around 6:30 a.m.," he said. "I pick up hay, feed the animals, give tours (of the farm) and sell milk. It's very dynamic."
Voss and his wife, Trina, met at a medieval combat recreation event.
"We were on opposite sides of the war, and she shot me in the neck with an arrow," he explained. The couple has two children who attend Summit Learning Charter School.
ESTACADA NEWS: How did you and your family decide to move to Estacada?
ANDREW VOSS: We were living in Los Angeles, and what we had wasn't what we wanted. My wife and I brainstormed all that we wanted out of a place to raise kids and have the lifestyle we wanted. We determined we wanted a small town close to a big metropolitan area, and we wanted space to have critters. We thought of Australia, New Zealand and western Europe but decided the Pacific Northwest was the area we were most interested in following up on. We liked the culture and the weather. It felt very comfortable and safe.
EN: What didn't you like about Los Angeles?
VOSS: There's a lot of worry about appearances and keeping up with the Joneses. L.A. has a lot going for it, but the things L.A. does well don't matter to us.
EN: How did you settle on goats as your main livestock?
VOSS: We started with chickens, and chickens are the gateway drug to livestock management. You get started with chickens, and they're simple, so you think, 'I could do something more involved.'
EN: What's the meaning of the farm's name?
VOSS: It's an acronym for "get the 'blank' out of Los Angeles."
EN: What are some of your goals for the farm?
VOSS: People like knowing where stuff comes from, and so we want to open our doors. (Being on the farm and seeing the goats) is a way of making people happy. We want to give people the experience of seeing the farm. They can do chores and then take milk home. We like for people to be involved.
EN: What other groups are you involved with?
VOSS: I have a condition called insufficient reluctance. I lead the robotics program at Summit, I helped build and drove the Ford Family Foundation's Float for the Portland Rose Parade last year and I volunteer at Philip Foster Farm. I would like to get involved with local politics. I love the idea of making this a nicer town to live in.
EN: How would you describe yourself to someone who hadn't met you?
VOSS: There's a quote from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" where a character is described (that says) "He's just this guy, you know."
EN: What's something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
VOSS: My wife and I used to be military interrogators. We enlisted three months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. You're trained to convince people to give up information, and the sneaky secret to doing that is that it's about building rapport. We worked for the foreign area officer program and sent information to the CIA.