Annie's is more than just a company, it's a family. We work from home, packing all of your orders in our walk out basement. The staff isn't just people who come and perform a job, they are friends and become a part of the family. And that family extends to all of you who grow Annie's Heirloom Seeds. We love meeting you when we are out and about or in your correspondence, getting to hear about your gardens and your lives.
We have a few staff members that stay on all year along with a lot of temporary workers who come in and help in the winter packing your orders. Let me introduce them to you.
Morgan is more than an employee, she's become my daughter. She began working for us last year, living in a small apartment that is attached to the house. She eventually moved into the main house, participating with the family and becoming one of the kids. She is full of laughter and fun. The house is definitely louder when she's here, but we wouldn't have it any other way. She works at Annie's year round, packing orders, gardening, and doing all the odd jobs that are required to keep things moving forward.
Kamaile has been a part of the Annie's family from the beginning. She began as a customer, and was one of our first. When we moved to Hudsonville and asked for help packing orders, she happily came to work here. She lives only 15 minutes away, which I love! I know her garden is an Annie's garden, and I can stop by anytime and snap pictures. Her children and ours are the same ages, and when she comes to work, she brings the kids and they all play. Kamaile has become a good friend, and is wonderful on the phones answering your questions. We are really lucky to have such a knowledgeable and friendly person to answer your questions!
Anikka has been working at Annie's off and on for the past 5 years. She began when she was in high school, first as a gardener in the summer, and then moving into work study and packing orders. When we moved back, she contacted me to have lunch and catch up. She's going to college just down the road from us, and that day began packing orders and is now working part time. She helps garden, pack orders, and will be managing evening and weekend packing crews for the winter. She will be graduating this year and moving on, but we are very lucky to have her for the 2017 season.
We have a lot of temporary workers that help us pack and ship all your orders in the winter. They become as much a part of the family as the year round employees. Scott's parents are recently retired and work with us two to three days a week. They enjoy having something to do when it's cold and miserable outside, as well as spending time working with their grandchildren. I love watching our daughter and her grandmother chatting as they pack seeds. Diane also works with us. We met her through a mutual friend, and she has been a wonderful fit. She is always willing to work, helping out when we are really busy. She has a great, positive attitude and fills the room with laughter.