Forty years prior, when I’d packed my bags for graduate school at UC Davis, I had imagined I’d spend the rest of my life conducting research. Plant research. But medical research? That wasn’t something any of my plant science classmates discussed. Health and farming were seen as completely separate fields, so much so that the university saw nothing wrong with establishing its new medical school in Sacramento, twenty miles away from its agricultural faculty. But as I gradually came to understand that how we grow our food affects how it works in the body, I realized that medical research was key to healthy agriculture. So at sixty years of age, after a career of farming and launching rural businesses, I found myself back in the lab.