Employee Spotlight: Ten Things to Know About Jeff Percy, VP of Production, South

Jeff Percy FEb 2013

Jeff joined Ocean Mist Farms 27 years ago overseeing all production in our Yuma, Coachella, and Imperial Valley growing regions. In fact, Jeff actually pioneered these winter growing locations for our company by creating Desert Mist Farms in partnership with Ed Boutonnet back in 1991. His work there was a "one man show" for a long time, so he often rolled up his sleeves to unload trucks, pack cartons, and harvest product himself.

Today, Jeff continues as the VP of Production- South where he ensures that Ocean Mist Farms can provide quality produce year-round!

1. How would you explain your role to someone outside the ag industry?

As the VP of Production- South, I'm essentially the grand coordinator of all production in our southern growing regions. I manage all planting schedules, harvesting schedules, and oversee all growing crops.

2. What is the biggest lesson you've learned on the job?

Grow a diversity of crops, never give up, and always be optimistic.

3. Did you expect to go into the ag industry?

It wasn't a surprise! In high school, I mowed lawns in my neighborhood before going to class. I loved it because I like working with equipment and I like working outdoors. Plus, I also lived next door to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at University of Arizona. I ended up going to school there and earned my bachelor's degree in Integrated Pest Management.

4. What is your favorite Ocean Mist Farms' product?

I love all of our products but I am partial to our Desert Globe Artichoke. It's very similar to our Heirloom Artichoke and from my own experience I think it has the longest fridge shelf life of all our artichokes.

5. What is your personal motto?

Always continue improving!

6. What is your hidden talent?

Outside of my role at Ocean Mist Farms, I'm a high school baseball coach and have been for 6 years!

7. What is your most prized possession?

First would be my family and friends and second would be my ownership in Desert Mist Farms.

8. What is one thing on your bucket list?

Fly fishing in Colorado again!

9. What is your favorite book and/or movie?

My favorite book is "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and my favorite movie is "The Rookie".

10. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Back in college I was given advice that has stuck with me since: Keep an open mind, think for yourself, and make good decisions.

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Julie Criswell
Julie has been connected to Ocean Mist Farms for half of her life! When she was 9, she participated in the Artichoke Festival’s Agro-art competition for the first time, and every year until she went to college in Chicago. Now, two years after her summer internship with us, she’s officially aboard our marketing team full-time. Enjoy her perspective of life in the produce lane!
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