Rosemary Wotske has a biology degree majoring in physiology and biochemistry, and a Master of Science in Plant Genetics. She lived and breathed her farm’s mission statement well before researching land and testing soil. Poplar Bluff Organics was first named Poplar Bluff Farm at its founding in 1985, and has produced organic vegetables for over 37 years.
Cam owns our partner farm Carrots by Cam. He grew up on a mixed farm near Indus, AB. Cam discovered at a young age that he would rather fix a tractor and drive it than ride a horse, so it’s no surprise that the farm relies on him to keep the mechanicals humming. Years ago, while helping Rosemary grow and deliver her many organic potatoes, he noticed there was a need for other flavourful and healthy root veggies. Cam’s farm is dedicated to meeting this need, focusing on carrots, beets, and parsnips. Cam works passionately for many hours to maintain the highest standards—and he’s still most at home with “just driving the tractor”.
Bob has been working with Poplar Bluff since November 2016. It was quite the departure from a career in retail that spanned 35 years, many of those in management. Bob is great with people and brings his friendly helpfulness to work every day, not to mention his unbeatable work ethic.
Carrie has departed the order desk and has handed the reins to Caprice (Bio coming soon). After 14 years with Poplar Bluff, Carrie has decided to focus on her business, Able Driving Academy, to help create confident drivers and make our roads a safer place.
Carrie was honoured to help our wonderful customers with their weekly organic produce orders.
Darlene has retired to her photography business, Country Roots, and we still call on her for her talents (but now we have to make an appointment like everyone else!)
Congratulations and happy "retirement".
Derek’s grandparents farmed barley and cattle west of Red Deer, and as a teen he stayed with them for a few weeks to help bring in the harvest. That short but pivotal stay started him thinking about plants and the equipment to work with them. Moving to Calgary post-bachelor’s degree brought big changes: marriage, family, and work in customer service for a forklift company. In 2018, he pivoted to our farm where he oversees the storage and packing facility. He enjoys the tranquility of watching plants grow, the race to finish once harvest commences, and the steep learning curve of something new every year.
Gord is a native Calgarian who used to
cross-country ski in the same gang as Rosemary back in the Dark Ages. A retired engineer with a sociology degree, Gord is such a rare find that we simply had to have him on the office team. His fascination with detail makes him an ideal keeper of the accounts and IT guru.
Joan brings her communications background to the team and is helping out
with special projects.
She annoys everyone by proofreading everything in sight, but means well since she knows the farm’s organic produce is top quality and wants everything to reflect that. Joan hopes everyone will prioritize nutrition and demand food this good, every day.
Montréal native Michaela moved to Alberta in 2013. She brought with her a graphic design background, but found she prefers to work outside with the birds and the bees than be tied to a desk. Michaela rises to the challenge of whatever needs doing, inside or (ideally) out, and looks forward to irrigation season. She is a firm believer in organic food and farming practices for a healthier world.
Photo and mini bio coming soon
for our new driver who is no stranger to healthy eating and organic food.
In the spirit of "cats are people, too", Tink can often be found on the computer. She wears many farm hats: Chief Mousing Officer, purr factory, morale booster, sack-out artist, and diligent night watch. After all, what's a farm without a cat?
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Cartoon illustrations by Natalie Hachey ~ Local photographs by Darlene Hooge, Country Roots Photography