Meet The Team

Amanda Strong

Regional Manager

Over the last 13 years, Amanda has built many relationships with those she works with! She enjoys using her education background  to help her staff grow and succeed in the work environment! Success isn’t new to Amanda though, as she was our very first Corn Stacking Champion! She looks forward to this event each year and now cheers on her teams! If you ask this West Virginia Mountaineer what her favorite produce is, she is sure to tell you “Sweet Corn! It will always be Sweet corn! “.

Katie Barret

Regional Manager

Katie is a Jack-of-All-Trades.  Over the last 14 years, she has worked managing the farm markets, planting in the greenhouse, marketing in the office and now baking in our new bakery.  No matter what the task, she is always up for the challenge. What she enjoys most is using her knowledge and skills to teach good work ethic and leave an impression on others.  When she is not at work stacking sweetcorn, she looks forward to spending time with her two little girls. Katie’s must-have flower is a Bordeuax Petunia.

Kyler Bandy

Farm Market Manager

Kyler recently graduated with a degree in Musical Arts where he was able to travel on tour and meet people from around the world. He is now able to use this experience as he makes connections and builds relationships with his teams. Growing up on his family’s vineyard also gives Kyler an edge when it comes to his extensive plant knowledge. His favorite flower at our markets is the Dahlia!

 

Jenni Cunningham

Farm Market Manager

This charismatic, flower-loving gal is a stranger to no one! Her love of people shines through in her work. Jenni’s market team and customers are like family and she is always looking forward to meeting new ones. A former Fenton Glass painter, Jenni oozes creativity, which can be seen in her displays at the market and her flower gardens at home.  If you’re looking to spice things up at your next party, try one of Jenni’s favorite Taste of Witten recipes: Jalapeno Corn Salsa!

Dee Dee Eneix

Farm Market Manager

Her husband and two children will surely tell you that Dee Dee has a vibrant personality! At work she enjoys being with customers and getting everyone excited for Witten’s newest products. She also works with her staff to help grow their skills for their future careers. Dee Dee’s go-to Taste of Witten recipe is the Cucumber Salad and recommends that anyone have that recipe on hand for their next meal.

 

Courtney Braglin

Farm Market Manager

From her first day working at our farm markets, Courtney has been known for her excellent customer service.  Eight years later, she still enjoys getting to know her customers and provides them with top-notch service. When she is not working at the market, she stays busy taking care of her three children.  If she has to choose her favorite produce, she can’t decide, she says “Corn, green beans, oh, the tomatoes…Actually all of it!”.

Cassy Lee

Farm Market Manager

After studying Communication at Ohio Northern University, Cassy quickly put her skills to good use as a manager for our farm markets. Cassy absolutely loves our annual  Farm Tour, where she learns about how our produce and flowers are grown and can take that knowledge back to her markets to share with our customers. She is also quick to recommend the angel wing begonias to our flower customers as these are her favorites!

 

Mallory Ianno

General Manager of Smith Farm Market

Mallory uses the knowledge and skills she has gained over her eight years of service to our farm to leave a lasting impact on her employees.  She loves the opportunity to be the first manager for many of her staff. She gets to introduce them to the professional world and influence their lives as they learn and grow as young adults. Be sure to check out her favorite taste of witten recipe: Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin.

 

Colleen Robinson

Bakery Manager of Smith Farm Market

Colleen has over four years of experience at our farm markets.  This year she has embarked on a new adventure as manager of our bakery at Smith Farm Market.  She loves making new connections with our customers there and sharing her love of sweet treats with them! When she is not at work you can find her spending time with friends, family, and her dogs!  Strawberry season is her favorite, so be sure to come see her in May for one of our famous strawberry pies.

Marina Rarick

Produce & Flower Manager of Smith Farm Market

You can count on Marina to bring the competition to Witten’s annual sweet corn stacking contest! She enjoys everything red, white & blue, and sweetcorn!  Between managing at Smith Farm Market and completing her degree in social studies and history, she is one busy lady. In her free time, she enjoys going for ice cream and being outdoors. Be sure to visit Marina at the market this summer when she returns from college!

Adam Strong

Market Manager

 

Paige Simons

Market Manager

 

Madison Hardwick

Market Manager

 

Abby Holstine

Market Manager

 

Sandy Merrill

Special Event Coordinator

Over the years,  Sandy has worn many hats for our farm. Currently, she coordinates our special events. Her creativity, attention to detail and amazing hostess skills shine through in these events, making the most of them for our customers. Sandy looks forward to flower season each year where she can add another new perennial to her garden!  Stop by our Taste of Witten events to meet Sandy and pick up a few new recipes while you are there.

 

Nicki Vannoy

Office Manager

When Nicki is not holding down the fort in our office, she is going on an adventure with her husband and two teenage boys! She enjoys being outdoors at her home,  whether that’s with her chickens, her dog, or her flower beds. When she started working at the farm, she quickly became a flower fanatic and filled her home garden with as many bright and colorful combinations as she could think of . Nicki’s go-to dish is Sandy’s Fresh Corn and Candy Onion recipe.

Marla Foy

Administrative Assistant

Marla is just getting her feet wet as an Administrative Assistant here at the Witten Farm, but she is already fitting in great.  She loves to stay busy, so this is the perfect job for her. In her down time, you can find her spending time with family – especially her two grandsons!  She is a big fan of our world famous sweet corn and loves seeing the markets decorated for Fall. The mums are her favorite!

Shelbi Worstell

Administrative Assistant

Not many people can say they love to clean and organize things, but for Shelbi, this is a great way to spend her free time. When she is not organizing at our office and taking care of her administrative tasks, she can be found at a local flea market or garage sale! Shelbi appreciates the history and value of antiques. She also appreciates spending time with her family and friends outside of work.

 

Angie Negie

Administrative Assistant / Marketing

Over the last 15 years, Angie has had the opportunity to work a number of jobs at the farm.  Her most current role is as an administrative assistant that assists with marketing. While she enjoys the office work, her favorite job will always be planting hanging baskets in the greenhouse.  In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and two kids. She loves trying new recipes from our Taste of Witten events. The Mexican Street Corn recipe is her favorite!

 

Our Farm Market Team

 

“Best, friendliest, and helpful employees! Engaging in conversation! Such a joy to see young people enjoying their workplace!”

– Kathryn Parsons

Although they are not pictured here individually, we would like to give a huge shoutout the 100+ seasonal farm market team members that make the Witten Farm Market a great place to work and shop.  They are the heart and soul of our business. Every day of the season, you can find them picking out the perfect melons for our customers, stacking bags of corn on the wagon and helping our customers carry their purchases to the car.  While the weather they work in is ever-changing, there is one thing that is constant: they always have a welcoming smile on their face. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated team of young adults. Their personalities and passions are so diverse, but they always come together to create outstanding teams.  We love working with this generation – it keeps us young!

Our Farm Crew

We can’t forget to mention the guys that make it all happen behind the scenes.  Our crew of 45 migrant laborers are the backbone of our farm. Without them, nothing we do would be possible.  Each year, they are permitted to come work on the farm through the H-2A Program established by the U.S. Department of Labor.  This program gives them a temporary work visa that allows them to work in the United States for four to six months each year. Most of our migrant crew is from El Salvador and Mexico and have participated in the program for over eight years.  They come here to work through the summer so they can send money to their families back home. Once the season is over, they return home. 

The work ethic and dedication of this crew is beyond compare. They spend long hours in the heat planting, weeding, harvesting and packaging our fresh produce.  Some people worry that they are taking our jobs here in the U.S., but they are not. In order to participate in this program, we must advertise for these job positions in the local community and other areas around the U.S. first, but year after year, there is little to no interest. We are so thankful to have such a hard-working crew beside us to keep the farm growing.

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