Our Crew



Our Motto

We have always emphasized that outstanding people are the key to our success. Through efforts of our people, Bloch’s Farm has become a healthy and thriving landscape, retail and greenhouse business. 
Mission Statement
Bloch’s Farm and its employees are dedicated to providing our clients and customers, as well as our workmates and families with our personal best. Doing our “personal best” means that we use an attitude of honesty, clarity, and kindness in our every action. When we truly perform at our personal best, our customers will be satisfied, our company will prosper, and as individuals we will be fulfilled. May the golden rule be our guiding light. 

    


Bloch’s Farm has been blessed with stable, long-term employees who combine old fashion values and morals with new and forward ideas. The staff here at Bloch’s is trained in the latest trends and techniques in horticulture, floriculture and landscaping. We strive to continually offer the superb customer service that our staff is known for with a generous touch of hometown hospitality. Bloch’s Farm is proud to employ full-time growers/horticulturalists/master gardeners and our staff has unparalleled expertise in landscape design, landscape construction, tree installation, and plant care. 


Employee Application

Interested in joining our crew? Fill out an application or send your resume. Applications and resumes can be emailed to jen@blochsfarm.com . Call our office at 920-294-6000 with any questions. 
Marie Streich,Horticulturalist/Grower 


Hello, my name is Marie Streich. I went to college in Green Bay at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and graduated in 2008 with an associate’s degree in landscape horticulture with a certificate in plant health care. Growing up on a dairy farm I learned a real appreciation of the outdoors and the land itself. I wanted a job where I could work to make this world a more beautiful place. Working at Bloch’s is a wonderful experience for me. Everyday is something different and challenging! It is very exciting for me to be able to put to good use all the things I learned in school.   I enjoy all aspects of horticulture but my focus is definitely plant health care. I am very passionate about correct pruning, fertilizing, and the proper use of chemicals in the landscape. I am also very interested in the identification and treatment of plant diseases and insect problems.      My favorite aspect about Bloch’s Farm is the people, everyone here is very experienced and supportive, I have learned a lot working with them. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment helping customers with all their landscape needs.   There are always new ideas being put into practice here from our ‘go green’ slogan to new plant varieties, and our displays that change almost weekly. So come in often to see all the exciting things going on at Bloch’s Farm!   Any questions please email me at marie@blochsfarm.com 



Melissa Netzer, Lead Landscape Designer


As lead Landscape Designer for Bloch’s Farm, my days are varied and challenging; and I love every minute. My job is a mix of Horticultural Science, Design and Graphic Art, Communications and good old fashioned sweat. I have the pleasure of working with a team of talented and professional people, and the most wonderful clients.

Together we create and enhance the beauty of our outdoor spaces. We push out the walls and make special places to take our life, and the people we love, outside.
My career started in my parents’ garden where I loved gardening with my Dad while growing up. Many hours were also spent in the woods, by a creek behind our house and in the mud. An appreciation of native areas and the plants in them was born. When given the chance, I’ll still pick going for a hike in the woods over almost any other activity!

While attending college at UW Eau-Claire, I studied communications. After taking time off to get married and while raising our family, the outdoors still called; this time in the form of getting out in my own yard to create flower, vegetable and native gardens. I was also called on by neighbors and friends to help plan their yards. My passion was ignited.

I began attending classes and seminars on plants and design, drawing and irrigation, hardscaping, drainage, native species and shoreline restoration….anything I could.
In 2001 I had the good fortune to work and study under a Landscape Architect for an entire season while at a nursery in the Fox Valley. Since then, I have been working as a professional Landscape Designer and become a member of the Landscape Design Association of Chicago where I continue to attend classes and seminars to stay up-to-date on the very latest in this diversified field.

My favorite plant would have to be ornamental grasses. They are beautiful from the moment they begin to unfurl in the spring. Grasses have great structure, come in a variety of colors and shapes, and stay standing through the winter. Talk about versatile and useful all year long! Happily, Bloch’s Farm carries a wide variety of grasses for every taste.

Please contact me with design questions, or to set up a design appointment, atmelissa@blochsfarm.com or by calling Bloch’s Farm.



Jen Waters,Office Manager 

My name is Jen Waters aka “Jenny from the Bloch” and I am the office manager at Bloch’s Farm. Prior to my position as office manager I lead the landscape team and had the wonderful opportunity to work with the landscape crew.This experience allowed me to learn the business from the ground up and from the inside out. I loved working on crew, especially the feeling at the end of each day and when we finished a landscape job. Wow! What a sense of accomplishment! I love the daily challenges involved in my current position too, even in the off season there is never a dull moment! John and Sue Ellen are just wonderful to work for. They encourage personal growth and value each and every employee. The staff at Bloch’s Farm is just amazing. I enjoy working with all of my friendly coworkers. I grew up in Green Lake. I moved away a few times but I always ended up coming back. I just love the area! I live in Green Lake with my husband Joe, our children Jadyn and Landen and dog Baxter. Joe and I love to landscape around our house too! I enjoy beautiful flowers, spending time with family & friends, and relaxing around Green Lake. I look forward to meeting you the next time you visit or call Bloch’s Farm!

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns at jen@blochsfarm.com


Cody Otto, Landscape Crew

My name is Cody Otto. I am a homegrown boy from Princeton,Wi. I have taken multiple college courses through out the last 6 years for Fire protection, including DNR Wildland Fire service trainings, and Jaws of Life training. I am currently on my 6th year of being a proud member of the Princeton Fire and Rescue Department. Ever since I was a child I always looked at landscapes, lawns and always wanted to see what I could do to make them appear better to get that perfect “curb appeal”. I have always had a great interest in constructing the outside of a residence for everyone to enjoy. I am beyond happy a year ago I was given the opportunity to work the Landscape sector here at Bloch’s Farm. I could not be happier with who I work for, and everyone I work with. I continue to help people in surrounding communities succeed in getting their dream yard, and that perfect curb appeal. 
 
Lee Katherine Baird, Creative Director/Merchandiser

John Bloch, Owner

Sue Ellen Bloch, Owner

My husband, John and I created Bloch’s Farm 25 years ago. Many of our area friends and acquaintances will always remember the farm as being called “Bloch’s Farm” as this farm has been in the family for over 100 years! John’s great grandparents starting farming the land, raised livestock in the barn and out buildings. After both of us graduated from college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, John and I married and eventually moved back to Green Lake. Because I am from Berlin (my fathers business was Goodrich Home Furnishings in Berlin~which my sister Tricia now runs) and because John is from Green Lake originally, it seemed a comfortable place for us to land.

I can surely remember those beginning days as an organic farm and flower market. I remember chasing around and trying to catch our organically raised chickens to take them to market in preparation for sale at the farm. At the same time I was chasing around our 3 tiny children, Kala Ellen, Megan, and Pauli, while John was working up in the Fox Valley as a Manager of Information Systems for Menasha Corporation. The children were 1, 2, and 3 years old when we opened “Bloch’s Farm Market.” Where has the time gone? Kala, Megan and Pauli are now 33, 32, and 31 years old!

In the course of my public speaking and seminar presentations, many folks ask me if I am surprised at the growth of Bloch’s Farm. I often answer that I am not surprised, as we do not like to do anything half way. Both John and I have put in seemingly thousands of hours of sweat equity to bring the farm to where it is today. We constantly hear from customers and clients that they have never been to such an organized, beautiful and clean garden and landscape center. When the state comes around to score and critique the farm, we receive amazing and excellent reports of cleanliness and clean plant materials and surroundings. I would love to take credit for that, but truth be told that our staff of superbly educated and organized men and women should have all the credit. We are very blessed indeed with long term, focused employees whose hearts stay with their own families but whose hearts are so evident on the farm. Each and every employee that works with us is appreciated and cared for as if they are a member of our own family. Our mission statement on the farm is simple. It is the Golden Rule…simply to treat others as you would want to be treated. When we follow this lead and keep God in our hearts, then we will be successful in our every endeavor. Blessings come when you do not chase them, they come when you least expect them. Blessings have nothing to do with money and everything to do with pride and satisfaction of a job well done, no matter what that job may be.

I guess I am amazed, however, at the landscape division of Bloch’s Farm. While our landscape installations and revenues have more than quadrupled over the last 15 years, we are so very proud of our installed projects! When we are contacted for a landscape job we treat our clients with the utmost respect and we listen very closely to their needs. Because we install major jobs involving outdoor kitchens, patios, fireplaces, retaining walls and so on, our listening skills are critical. Melissa Netzer, our lead landscape designer does an incredible job of listening and capturing our clients desires down on paper and into their specialized landscape designs. She has complete and thorough working knowledge of grades, retaining, design styles and simply what works and what doesn’t work. Her laid back style helps clients to feel comfortable and therefore they are able to express all of their desires and dreams for their specific landscape project. Melissa has the amazing talent of integrating our clients wishes into a fully scaled and detailed, colorful landscape design. We are very thankful that Melissa is on our design team.
We are very unique in the way that our jobsite materials come from the farm, thus allowing our clients to personally view all of their options for plant materials and hardscape materials. We offer one stop shopping. We have installed many different types of hardscapes right here on the farm, including ponds, patios, outdoor kitchen spaces, a beautiful wedding area, etc. We have installed our patio’s laid with many varieties and colors of pavers, and patterns to choose from. Please feel free to come over to the farm and have a look.John and his hardscape and planting crews do such a beautiful job on our sites. Our maintenance crew carries out that beautiful installation for years to come by providing awesome and affordable maintenance programs. Our head horticulturist Marie does such an amazing job raising our plant materials to be the very best available anywhere in the state of Wisconsin. I say this only because I hear it day after day from you, the customers that visit and shop at the farm.

You may view some of our landscape projects on our webpage under Landscapes.

Our floral division has thrived and superseded all of our expectations! We now have secured a full liquor license for the farm and we host the most beautiful weddings and special events right here on the farm. 

We have a personal stake in and appreciate each and every employee that works with us on this farm. We are thankful and we so appreciate all of their efforts in making our business the very best than it can be. When you call the business and Jen answers the phone, you will come to realize her warm, humble and highly efficient manner, and this will be your indication of the professional company we have grown to be. 

Enough rambling from me…feel free to email me at anytime at suellen@blochsfarm.com I look forward to hearing from you.

Sue Ellen Bloch

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