They're what makes us great.
Let’s just be frank and say that without our people, we wouldn’t have a business. We recognized a long time ago that a business must be built from the ground up. The people that support that business by coming to work each and every day and toiling away, in what at times can be considered less than favourable conditions, is what makes Hotchkiss Produce work.
Chris, our burly Delivery Driver, came to us having a previous career as a school bus driver. While the job of delivering our produce is less hectic than chauffeuring around boisterous kids, he still has to deal with the ridiculous traffic that is found on the streets of Calgary. While he's not a very smiley guy, he takes his job seriously, ensuring that our customers get their produce in the same state of quality as to when it was harvested. When he's not making deliveries or helping with other tasks around the farm, Chris, while a huge football enthusiast, can also be found writing poetry or reading things of both fact and fiction.
Rebecca, having worked with Hotchkiss since April of 2013, graduated from Olds College. Bringing her knowledge and experience, she has made herself invaluable and works with both our tomatoes and microgreens. When she's not working around the plants, she's zip-lining or traveling to exotic places to keep in touch with friends she made through an exchange program at Olds College, Her quiet, yet cheery disposition makes her an enjoyable part of our team.
Wendy came to work at the greenhouses in March 2013. With her previous greenhouse experience she has been working on our pea shoot program since she began and has managed to learn the many quirks these plants have growing in our greenhouse environment. Wendy has raised her family and has given the pottery wheel a real challenge in a previous business that she owned and operated. We're glad that she's with us to lend her business sense and growing experiences. Of course we can't forget her boisterous laughter!
We add spice to our lives by also having some gentlemen from Mexico work with us on a seasonal basis. Through the Mexican Seasonal Agriculture Workers’ Program, Victor, Antonio, Leonel, Manuel E, Manuel V., Mario, Saul and Angel work with us for 8 months each year. They leave their families to come and hand-pick lettuce, dig up and wash carrots, remove stems from crops of arugula and literally spend hours picking beans. They truly are the backbone of our company.
Barry, our Greenhouse Manager, joined our team in the spring of 2014. Bringing many years of experience he is that "third leg of the management stool" in our management team. He organizes the staff and ensures that our production is of the best quality. In Barry's down time you might see him touring on his Nomad or throwing a line in the water to catch that "big one".
Tracy is a person found to wear many hats. While most of the time she can be found buried under paperwork, she does come out to orchestrate the huge task of harvesting. She’s the person that customers contact when placing orders, expressing concerns and just basically when something is needed to be known about what’s fresh in the garden.
Paul is our quarterback. He is the visionary that continues to come up with the ideas that move Hotchkiss Produce forward. His passion for both growing things and the science related to this process is what keeps Hotchkiss Produce in the grocery stores and fine dining establishments.
This is our little team and you’d be surprised at how much work gets done around the farm. We believe firmly that it is because we have surrounded ourselves with people that share a common passion...growing veggies that are good for you!