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THE FARMERS

CHAD ANDERSON

Owner, Farm Manager

Running long distance and digging large holes are two of Chad’s favorite pastimes. He studied business at Baylor and farmed in Uganda and for Groundswell before starting Green Wagon in 2010. Chad dreams in perennials, black walnut forests, and teams of oxen. Work is his love language, and the potato is his spirit vegetable.

HEATHER ANDERSON

Owner, CSA & Market Manager

Heather is a woman of force and of fine art. She is a mother of four small farmers, as well as the resident farm chef, market master, and co-head hauncho. She holds a degree in culinary excellence from the Secchia Institute. Her spirit vegetable is the Shishito Pepper.

SAM BENDER

Hoop House Manager 

Sam grew up in Escanaba, Michigan, where he learned to love farming, food, and dirt while playing on his parent's property. He continued to follow his passion for the outdoors while studying Natural Resource Management at Grand Valley State University. After a season of working for the forest service, he has moved back to West Michigan to get back in touch with his roots. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, rock climbing, and eating the food he helps to grow. His spirit vegetable is the noble Potato.

COLE HUIZENGA

Cole is a young homeschooler from Lowell who loves working and learning at Green Wagon. He also enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, and raising animals for the 4-H Fair. As a returning employee of two years, Cole is Green Wagon's go-to for all miscellaneous landscaping tasks, along with helping out with any other job that needs to get done. His spirit vegetable is the durable Kale.

LAURIE KENSLER

Harvest & Wholesale Manager

Laurie’s pursuit of farming has taken her to Appalachia and back again. She loves a good hike, living out of a backpack, and generally soaking up the goodness earth has to offer. Raised in northern Michigan, she came back to the mitten to work at Ham Family Farm, and is now learning the tools of the trade as a farmhand on the wagon. Her spirit shoot is the Asparagus--true spring magic.

ZACHARY PISCIOTTA

Greenhouse & Wash Pack Manager

Former Executive Chef of Reserve Wine & Food and graduate of Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts, Zach has worked in kitchens since he was 17. Increasingly obsessed with food, Zach is a year-round Harvest Manager and resident farm-dinner coordinator. Besides food, he enjoys pinball, coffee, and time with his fiance and dog. Zach’s spirit vegetable is the Fiddlehead Fern.

CALEB TACOMA

Field Manager

Caleb is a working-member-turned-employee who studied sculpture at Grand Valley State University. Equal part strategic and creative, Caleb brings his vision for function and form to the farm as Field Manager. When he's not organizing a multi-year crop rotation, Caleb can be found roasting coffee, riding his bike or making hot sauce. His spirit vegetable is the Patty Pan Squash.