Tom Binder spent his 20s in Trout Lake Valley doing a variety of woods work, including firefighting, tree planting, tree thinning, and setting chokers and chasing landing under a high lead.
He returned to school and took a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences in 1985 from Central Washington University in Ellensburg,

then a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. He worked as a clinical nutritionist and college-level instructor before retiring to Trout Lake in 2016.