Emil was born in India and is a naturalized citizen of the United States. When asked where he's from, one would expect, given his appearance, to respond with a location somewhere in Asia. Quickly and glibly, his surprising reply is "Texas!" He traveled to China to teach English, serving the people and learning about their culture. He has aspirations to join either the Peace Corps or the military. Should he choose to apply for the Peace Corps, he knows he is required to spend at least three working months on a farm in order to enhance his experience in a developing country. So he intentionally came to Red Sunflower Farm to learn about farming.