Feeding bucket calves, running from opossums in the chicken feed, loading finisher hogs, and feeding heifers for her uncle were among the first of Hannah’s animal encounters. Once she was old enough to drive, she started feeding calves for a neighboring dairy. Compared to the beef calves she had been used to bottle feeding they appeared sickly and skinny, but she eventually did learn to love those Holsteins and spent countless hours in the milking parlor.
Although landscaping used to seem as pointless to Hannah as decorative couch pillows, nine years around the local greenhouse, Grimm's Gardens, taught her that there is little more satisfying than watching the transformation of a plant and attempting to help it reach its full potential.
While at Grimm’s Gardens, Hannah traveled the Midwest installing agriculture irrigation systems. It was through these experiences she learned to say "I'll try." Fluently running an excavator and pulling a trailer through busy cities had been among the top of her "never will I ever" statements, but now they are among her "sure, any day" replies.
Believing that she was fearfully and wonderfully made, she chooses to be thankful for the gift of Cystic Fibrosis her body was given to manage. This, more than anything, has taught her that a rose is most beautiful if it has thorns.
Today she is also grateful for the opportunity to work with Apogee and be shown a deeper understanding of caring for the animals we were given responsibility over. For, after the encompassing love towards her Creator, they rate right up there with her love for family, friends, and sunshine. And, when a day’s work is done, she always looks forward to being home where her dog, Jeb, and his ball greet her with anticipation.
"It is God that girdeth me with strength and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet and setteth me upon my high places."
Emily Fehr is a senior at Prairie Meadows Private School. She is an outdoorsy gal who loves animals and riding horses. Emily is actively involved in 4-H, which she greatly enjoys. Apogee is excited to have her on the team!
Oh, dear, where to begin?! I have been a retail person most of my life. I have had many jobs and many life experiences. This is my first job with animals, though, so please be patient with me as I have lots to learn!
For my first job, I worked for my father at his lumberyard putting lumber away and helping in almost every department. My father made us do almost every task, including driving the forklifts! I am a small person, so it was comical to see the truck driver's face when I came to unload them :)
I have also worked as a cook at an old age home, was a nanny in West Hartford, CT (lots of stories with that job), managed a floral business, worked in a floor covering business, and helped at the Sabetha Middle School as a part-time secretary. My last job was in shipping and receiving at KSi Conveyors.
I had to have a back surgery that required I stay home for a year and recuperate. My new challenge now is working in the office for Apogee Animal Health, Inc. I am very excited to be here and am willing to help anyone.
My help has always come from Christ Jesus, and a favorite Bible verse is Psalm 73:26. "My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart. He is mine forever."