August 25, 2017
By: Vincent Strickland
Our mission is to build on the legacy of those who came before us and consider those who will follow us in the future.
This rings true at the height of our season, right now, when our peak number of employees are working hard and the farm is buzzing with movement in every direction. Our business and culture has been built by those who’ve worked here in the past, the ones who continue to work with us, and the future looks bright that there will be many more to come.
2011 – For all the years of the farm operation there’s always been a lot of hoeing to do! Our hoeing team has grown a lot bigger over the years too!
2012 – Desmond is now our Field Bunching Team Lead and Elena is now our Warehouse Receiver. They have been good friends for many, many years.
2012 – Our Green Kale bunching line looks a lot different today than it did 5 seasons ago. You can see the set-up we use now in our packing-house in Jaspal’s blog.
2012 – Students are an essential part of our crews each year and many of them return year after year. Some of these cool kids are all grown up with young families of their own!
2015 – Working hard and playing hard…that’s how our teams like it! Is Lincoln bowling or practicing ballet!?
2015 – There were some happy memories shared on Kathryn’s last coffee break on her retirement day. Despite the smile Treavor was sad to see her go. She still comes to visit at 9 am for morning coffee.
2015 – The crew cleans up nicely for the company Christmas party! It’s always a good time with lots of dance-hall on the stereo.
2016 – Our much smaller winter crew gathers for a group shot to crunch on some carrots.
2016 – Some warehouse folks having a good time serving organic sweet corn at the Baden Corn Fest. Ian, Junie and Laura always have a good time when they work together!
To see the experience the Fleming College students are having here at the farm this year, check out their July blog installments. Jaspal has been reflecting on his experiences in the field harvesting and packing vegetables in our pack-house. Guri has been having fun spending his Thursday evenings working the Wilmot Summer Market.
2017 – Our supplier’s greenhouse was bursting at the seams waiting for the weather to cooperate for planting. Andreas, here on a working visa from Germany, and Umesh, our Farm Manager, are trying to find room to store the baby plants until our fields warmed up with the late spring.
2017 – This year’s season began with some over-wintered spinach, here the team is seen cleaning off the dead leaves before it gets rinsed and bunched.
2017 – Rallin and Conroy show off some beautiful chard they are field bunching. Big smiles are often seen on nice sunny days when the temperatures are just right.
Having such a dedicated, professional staff to bring you the veggies you know and love makes us truly grateful we get to do what we do. We look forward to many more years to come working with our fantastic Pfenning Pfamily!