Last but not least it takes a very committed and dedicated order coordinator. I used to do all of the business development and the sales and follow up - as many of you might have noticed it got to be too much for me, so in September of 2013 I took the plunge and hired Kathryn McEwin. She has been a blessing to Vibrant Farms family of producers, customers and of course to me! With her around you'll get responses faster and she can help you with what is best to order, she can tell you whats available, and when pick up times are open! She really is the glue that makes it all work. While some people might think that having it no longer be me may result in a lower level of commitment or service I assure you it is actually the opposite. I've been blown away by Kathryn's level of commitment and her ability to read my mind sometimes! She can see what is needed and does it! We (and you) are very blessed to have her. On top of all this she has inspired me in so many ways with her own family story and how she's incorporated so much local food coming from having very little to no local or organic food to serving a full organic
I just want to share a little bit about Kathryn's journey as I've seen it. I didn't know her much in the beginning but she was instrumental in starting a very well used community Facebook group for women of the Wellesley area. We started to get acquainted when she came for a dinner with The Farmer's daughter (one of the early ones!)
Kathryn started sharing with me some of the things she was incorporating, how her kids started to LOVE the beef and didn't want anything else (that makes me smile every time -its like their little bodies just know). She has been going to a Naturopath for quite some time and went to see my favourite homeopath Dr. Andrea Hauser. She came back after her live blood analysis all excited about what she saw and you could just SEE the empowerment in her eyes, through live blood she could actually SEE what was all happening in her body. Shortly after she took her kids to see Dr. Andrea Hauser and it was even more exciting. Her kids started to understand that if they ate certain foods or didn't eat certain foods then the little "floaty things" would go away! The moment when you see kids start to put the pieces together and understand how things affect their body is such a magical experience.
Over the holidays after one of our meetings Kathryn showed me her freezer - which she had just recently purchased and wasn't sure she would be able to fill it. Needless to say it was full and full of all kinds of local fruit, veggies, soup broth and of course organic grass fed meats! I was so inspired almost to the point of tears, not because I think I had anything to do with it. Just to see the excitement and joy in Kathryn's eyes as she explained where everything was from and how she prepared everything!
When Kathryn shared with me about how she prepared a TOTALLY organic and local meal (during Christmas- aka the winter) for her family and how she was so happy to share such great food with her family and feel GREAT about what's on the table for the kids. Even how the kids gobbled it up - and even asked "Are these the eggs from the chickens at Melissa's?". That is what makes me smile, THAT is why I do what I do. If I can have even an iota of that experience seeing families become full of joy over food, seeing them sit down to a lovingly prepared meal and chat about their day and their food, I will feel fulfilled and at peace.
Thank you Kathryn for continuing to inspire me and for continuing to support me in more ways than you know - I feel totally blessed to have someone like you in my life and my business.