Erica Mitchell, our Notre Dame practicum student, sat down with Matt and Chris to interview them about what they’ll remember most about all the ways Wes contributed to the community here at Hannah and Friends and Green Bridge Growers.
It was Wes’ job here to manage the animals, the barn, and the grounds. What stands out for you the most about the work he did?
Chris: All the care he gave the gardens here at the Hannah and Friends Farm, and of course the animals. There are so many, horses, goats, and chickens. He took care of them all very well.
Matt: He did so many things here! He always took care of the animals. I remember him washing and feeding the horses, scooping the stables. He gave the horses hay each day in their stalls. He was always fixing things for us, making things, changing light bulbs. He was so handy!
What things did you most enjoy doing with Wes?
Chris: I really liked learning from him about gardening. He knows so much because he runs his own farm. He was always reading about the best ways to farm and garden. He likes to try new things, I remember the year he tried a no-till method. I liked to talk over with him new ideas for the garden and the growing we did at Green Bridge Growers. This year, he helped us put tomato plants in our aquaponic greenhouse. Every day he would come into our greenhouse to see us and check on everything.
A few years ago, we started to grow strawberries here and I really liked that. I also really enjoyed growing corn with him. It always turned out really tasty!
Matt: Wes always gave advice about how to grow tomatoes. He loved tomatoes and trying the best ways to grow them! He loved growing basil and eating dill pickles and I enjoyed growing cucumbers with him. He could do so many things but the one thing he always did was to put people first.
What will you remember most about Wes’ time working with us?
Chris: Wes was always learning new things. I really liked that. One time he was reading a book that I thought had a very funny title, called “Carrots Love Tomatoes.” But it wasn’t a funny book, it had great ideas for how to plant vegetables together to help them both grow in the very best way. I will never forget how much Wes read and how much I learned from him.
Matt: Wes was always, always great to talk to. I kidded around with him a lot, he liked humor. I liked that we got to be his apprentices. Wes was a great man and we’ll miss him. We hope he enjoys his retirement very much.
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Each of us can truly make a difference right where we are, each day of our lives. Wes Ward proved that in the work he did helping us at Hannah and Friends and Green Bridge Growers. We are all better people for having known Wes and we know he’s going to keep touching a lot of people's lives even in his retirement. Thanks for everything, Wes!