Gordon grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania learning about agriculture on his grandfather’s 140-acre field crop farm. Gordon is trained as a forage agronomist and pasture ecologist with degrees from Virginia Tech and Warren Wilson College.
Gordon moved to Talent in 2017 to serve as general agriculture extension faculty at the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center. He conducts research, teaches extension classes, and provides technical assistance around pasture, hay, and hemp management, soil fertility, cover crops, and pesticide stewardship in Jackson and Josephine counties. Gordon is currently serving as the President of the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council, and he has served as an Associate Director for Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District since 2018. In 2021, he was appointed to serve as the JSWCD Zone 1 Director.