Mike has been living and working at the farm since his high school days. He began working with Charles Warner while he was studying at Northfield Mount Hermon School. He graduated from UMass in with a degree in Plant and Soil Sciences. Mike quickly engaged his farming dreams, buying the farm and running the Millstone Farm Store across the street in his early twenties. In his lifetime, he has seen Warner Farm transition from production of primarily potatoes and onion plants to a diversified model of vegetable and fruit production, a transition he takes great pride in. Today, he is encouraged by the increasing youthful interest in agriculture as a way of life, and is excited by new opportunities at the farm.
Other than Mike, no one knows Warner Farm better than Dave. He has spent most of his childhood playing in the dirt and running through corn fields here at the farm. He grew up watching his father and Grandpa Warner farm this land and is happy to be continuing the family business as the tenth Generation of Warners to farm in the Pioneer Valley! Dave attended The College of Wooster and majored in Wildlife Biology. While he loves farming, his other passion is observing and studying wildlife. This love of wildlife has brought him to all parts of the country including the Great Plains of South Dakota and the mountains of both Montana and California. He can often times be caught watching the various wildlife that lives around the farm and was excited to discover a pair of bald eagles that nest on the edge of our farm!
Jess Marsh Wissemann
“Farm Wife” and Co-Creator of Mike’s Maze
Jess married into the Warner Farm family in 2014, but her love of farming started at a very young age picking peas and strawberries in her grandfather’s garden. Jess managed the Warner Farm CSA for 4 seasons from 2010-2013 before starting her “day job” as the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Coordinator at Hampshire College. Jess is the creative force behind Warner Farm and Mike’s Maze and spends all of her spare time helping to beautify and promote the farm. Jess can often be found greeting customers at the farmer’s market and in the U-Pick strawberry fields, taking photographs for our website and facebook page, and scheming up next year’s maze design!
Catherine Bean Knott
Farm Sales and Marketing Manager
Catherine, more commonly known as Bean, grew up in Rhode Island. Over the years she has slowly moved farther from the ocean and finds that the scenic views of the Connecticut River valley seem to fill her need to be close to both trees and water. Despite having a degree in engineering, Bean has evaded lab-rat life by working in communications and management at various places including most recently a folk dance camp. When not working at Warner Farm plotting what delicious veggies and fruits will be in next week’s shares, she can usually be found dancing, reading, or making pottery.
Virginia grew up on a poultry farm in Hampshire County. The family farm is still owned by her father, though now it is a hobby farm with a plethora of animals and a small garden. She left farm life, but is still drawn to the sights, sounds and feelings of connecting with the land. As they say, “you can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.” With a degree in communications, years of experience in customer service in the corporate environment and most recently event planning for a non-profit trade association, Virginia is happy to be back to her roots. Her position at Mike’s Maze at Warner Farms is ideal fit for her passion for helping the family farm stay viable by giving the public a place to connect with local farm and have fun while doing so!
Mike’s At Night Manager
Brennan grew up right down the road from the farm and began selling strawberries at the Warner Farm roadside stand at age 14. He worked in various roles at Warner Farm every summer during his high school and college years, then went off into the “real world” to work in the financial services industry following graduation. After a few years of corporate life, Brennan has returned to his roots on the farm and in the field. He is excited by the opportunity to grow our “Mike’s at Night” haunted events and entertain guests to the farm in a whole new way. From ghosts and ghouls to demons and the undead, Brennan is always thinking up new ways to create delight and fright on the farm!