February 2024 - 22

LEAFY VEGETABLES
Joe and Lia Baker's son, John, is farm manager
while John's wife Libby is in sales. Joe and Lia Baker's
son-in-law, Bryce Bullard, is a farm manager. Jennifer
Baker Wetherington is payroll manager and Heath
and Jennifer's daughter Jacey is in college and is a
Baker Farms marketing assistant. Richard and Kim
Baker's son Andy is in college and works part time on
the farm's food safety. Other principals' family
members are in school.
" It's like batting 1,000, " Heath Wetherington said.
Collard greens are a big part of
Baker Farms' operation.
and harvesting. In 1989, Joe Baker, CEO, partner and
Terry's oldest son, joined and in the 1990s developed
the idea to focus exclusively on greens. Richard Baker,
Terry's other son, manages processing and food safety.
Terry's daughter Jennifer works in office and payroll and
is married to Wetherington, who joined in 2002.
Though a family member may specialize in an area,
each wears many different hats and works in several
areas of the business.
" Most family members that are old enough are involved.
It's important because no one's going to look after your
business like your family. Having some skin in the game
is an important part, especially in farming.
" Family involvement brings challenges. It's blood,
sweat and tears. It's not a five-day-a-week 9-to-5
business we work in. It's seven days a week. "
Wetherington uses an analogy of a treehouse: the fun
was in building it, not sitting in it.
" There's always something to do in farming and the
scenery is always changing, " he said. " My favorite part
of being a farmer is seeing that product go from seed to
sales. Seeing the product go from seed to right before
peak of harvest, there's no better intrinsic reward to
know you watched that baby plant and took care of it,
nurturing it all the way to harvest. "
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February 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of February 2024

Editor's Letter
Michigan Vegetable Council honors experts
GLEXPO Bus Tour
2023 Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 awards
A different tool in fighting herbicide resistance
Going greens
Replacing plastic with cover crops
Farm Market & Agritourism
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
February 2024 - 1
February 2024 - 2
February 2024 - Editor's Letter
February 2024 - 4
February 2024 - 5
February 2024 - Michigan Vegetable Council honors experts
February 2024 - 7
February 2024 - GLEXPO Bus Tour
February 2024 - 9
February 2024 - 10
February 2024 - 11
February 2024 - 2023 Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 awards
February 2024 - 13
February 2024 - A different tool in fighting herbicide resistance
February 2024 - 15
February 2024 - 16
February 2024 - 17
February 2024 - Going greens
February 2024 - 19
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February 2024 - 22
February 2024 - 23
February 2024 - Replacing plastic with cover crops
February 2024 - 25
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February 2024 - Farm Market & Agritourism
February 2024 - 31
February 2024 - Classifieds
February 2024 - 33
February 2024 - Advertiser Index
February 2024 - 35
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