Rose's Berry Farm Staff Biographies
Sandra Rose (Sandi)
Member/Manager of Rose's Berry Farm, Sandi has been a driving force at RBF since her marriage to Henry Rose in 1981. Her marketing savvy has led to innovations such as Breakfast with a View and Fall School Tours. She takes great pride in knowing the farm has become a local institution and place where families can enjoy time together and help preserve Connecticut Farmlands. Sandi has a degree in Biology from the University of Hartford.
Michael Draghi (Mike)
Farm Manager since 2009, Mike took over Operations duties after Henry Rose’s passing. Mike comes from a local farming family, and with wife Mary Beth, also runs Littel Acres Farm in Glastonbury. They grow apples, peaches, plums, tomatoes, and other crops. Mike does it all, from plowing and planting to equipment repair, delivering products and coordinating work with the other field employees.
Wenceslas Contreras (Winnie)
Winnie has worked for RBF for over 20 years, and is our Farm Stand Operations Manager. He oversees all the agricultural and operational work, from planting in the spring, setting up and repairing irrigation, plowing and anything else that needs to be done. He also fills in at the register when needed and helps customers get what they need. He does all this with great enthusiasm, charm and a gentle nature we all appreciate and love.
Elpidio has also been here over 20 years and is our Farmers’ Market Manager. He is a relentless force for RBF and represents us well with all our retail and wholesale customers. He knows everyone and everyone knows and loves Elpidio. He always has a smile and something nice to say. Elpidio always has the customer in mind and wants to present the best of all our products.
Agustin has been a fixture here for a long time also. He is Mike's "right hand man", and is our Tractor Guy - he mows, tills, spread seeds, fertilizes and much more. He is also a mechanic and helps with repairs.
Mark Sanderson Staff Photographer ~
Marketing/Event Manager - Social Media
Mark is a Connecticut based freelance photographer who captures all the activity and natural beauty here at RBF. He also does the majority of our social networking photos and web activity along with Sandi. Mark also handles our Event Planning/Scheduling for Weddings and other events on the farm. Mark is available for Portrait sessions on the farm, as well as shooting your farm or local events. Mark has photos displayed locally at Birch Hill Tavern restaurant and several office buildings in the Hartford Area. His photos are for sale in the Scalehouse and on his website .
Pedro has worked for RBF since 2012 and is our Pick-Your-Own and Kitchen Manager. He oversees the gift shop located by the PYO fields and runs Sunday morning breakfasts in the summer. Be sure to find him with a friendly smile, helping customers in our Store or helping direct traffic at our yummy, bustling Sunday morning breakfasts June through October. He loves his line of work, and it is apparent in his readiness to make the farm experience a memorable one for all that come!
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