Why did you decide to come to work at CROPP?
I was looking for a job I could feel good about that offered flexible hours, variety of interesting work using my skills plus a chance to learn and work as part of a team.
How long have you been with CROPP?
Since February 2003
Why do you like working at CROPP?
I support the organic mission in my life as a consumer and farmer. I enjoy the casual atmosphere and interesting people here. It has been great to see the company grow so successfully over the years. I've enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with some of our farmer-members and to sit on the Community Giving Committee. I am constantly reminded how interconnected we all are.
What has been the best experience or day you’ve had at CROPP thus far?
While answering questions posed by visitors to our booth at Greenfest in Washington DC, I spoke with one man in particular who seemed a bit confrontational; asking pointed, challenging questions—ready for an argument. I don't recall specifically what the questions were or what I said to him but I must have satisfied his concerns because I saw his face change—soften—and he finally smiled broadly, nodded his head and complimented the company for being so thoughtful in the way we conduct our business. He shook my hand and congratulated me saying I had presented the information in a way that was more understandable than one of the keynote speakers at the event had. It made me proud to represent the company.
What’s your favorite perk/benefit?
For me, health insurance is essential but along with that, I appreciate all of the many wellness programs, screenings and activities CROPP offers to help me take care of my health. I consider the UNFI buying club service and employee discount on products among the best wellness perks.
What’s your favorite Organic Valley or Organic Prairie product?
Orange juice when it's available, otherwise whipping cream; it is of much higher quality than other brands.
Describe your typical workday at CROPP:
No 2 days are the same—which is how I like it. I do a variety of administrative, warehouse, creative and technical tasks. The workday can change at a moment's notice. I shift gears a lot and juggle bits of multiple projects. This keeps things interesting.
Describe your commute:
I drive 7 miles each way, most of them through the beautiful Kickapoo Valley Reserve. I see very few other cars on the road. It is a peaceful, pleasant way to ease into and out of the work day.
What other types of jobs have you held?
Lifeguard/swim instructor, art teacher, photographer, pastry chef and instructor, artisan sourdough bread baker and farmer.
What are your other interests or hobbies?
I own a small farm where my friend and I raise grass-fed Texas Longhorns and Scottish Highlanders, a few hogs and chickens plus a garden. We have 2 dogs, 3 cats and 1 donkey as well. Other hobbies include: foraging for wild edibles, cooking and preserving foods, photography, alternative energy, hiking and snow shoeing. Someday I hope to have more time to paint and draw again.