An interview with Mj Mojer, Farmstand Manager
Whitney: How long have you been with the farm?
Mj: Just about 12 ½ years. I started on October 1, 2005.
W: What positions have you held at the Farm?
Mj: Wow! Well, Whittles, I started as the Pastry Chef,
became the Executive Chef within the first year.
I was the EC and Market Manager both for about two years, then moved full time into the Market as Market Manager. That was about six years ago, 2012 ish.
W: So, Mj, what is your favorite task at work?
Mj: I love customer service, and really enjoy chatting
with customers about what we bring in and why. Sharing recipes, trying to find the product that will just delight them. Our Farm Grown produce is so fresh and healthy and beautiful, so sharing that with customers and staff is just a treat. Teaching and training staff comes a close second. Seeing them get so excited once they actually realize the impact they can have on someone’s day just by being friendly and sharing their new found knowledge is really cool.
W: How did you end up on Nantucket Island?
Mj: Oh, Whitney. You’re hilarious.
I was born and raised here.
I am a twelfth generation native.
and have 1.9 (anytime now!) grandchildren who are the fourteenth generation.
W: What are you most likely doing when you’re not at the Farm?
Mj: If I’m on island, digging in the dirt in my yard, planting and moving things around, walking or running…very slowly.
Seriously…I walk faster than I run.
If I’m off island, chances are good I’m on a plane heading to or from Virginia, visiting my daughter and her crew.
W: What was the last thing you watched on TV and why did you watch it?
Mj: Madame Secretary because it’s so well done, and interesting, though at any given moment, I am found binge watching The West Wing….over and over. Both are great for listening to while knitting.
W: If you didn’t get this job, what was your back up plan?
Mj: Back up plan is and always will be as a backup singer. Not that I have the talent or ability, but I do have the passion, and great gesturing abilities. Call me.
Before I started at Bartlett’s I was a Teaching Assistant at Nantucket High School, and was ready and happy to go back. However, I had gone to college (in the stone ages…yes; they had college way back when) for Horticulture and had always wanted to work at the Farm. I had just imagined that it would be in the greenhouses or Garden Center!