John and Rachael were both raised on family farms in Fuquay-Varina. The Burt farm is a land grant from 1756 and traces 10 generations of farmers.
Rachael is an accomplished horse exhibitor, winning multiple honors over 15 years. John and Rachael are both graduates of NC State University; John with a B.S. in Agronomy and Commission in the Army National Guard, and Rachael with a B.A. in History.
John is a veteran, serving 2 tours in Iraq in an armored cavalry platoon, assisting in the capture of terrorists and the revitalization of farming in southwest Baghdad. After returning from Iraq, John and Rachael were married in 2010 and have 2 sons, John Duncan and Gunner James.
The 711 acre Burt farm has grown tobacco, row crops and maintained a cow/calf beef herd in the past; however they have transitioned to growing a variety of forages, boarding horses and expanding their cow/calf operation, to include finishing steers for slaughter.
John & Rachael enjoy participating in their county YF&R chapter, learning more about agriculture in their community and state, and sharing their knowledge and experiences with other agricultural enthusiasts. In addition to chairing their county chapter, John serves as his county's vice president and has served on his county's board of directors since 2012.
In their community, Rachael is active with Wake County ECA and both are members of Fellowship Bible Church where John serves as the treasurer. Together John & Rachael continue the family farming tradition and hope to one day pass it on to their children.