Marcy, New York
“Farm Credit East’s financial service offerings have been a huge benefit, helping us to know exactly what’s happening in our business. The staff is personable and practical, and always professional. They get the job done simply and efficiently – just how I like it,” said Jan Barendse.
After years of experience working for other greenhouse operations, Johannes Barendse and his wife, Karen, opened River Road Farm and Greenhouses, LLC, in 2005. They farm 25 acres and have 65,000 square feet of greenhouse in Marcy, NY. They grow bedding plants and baskets in the spring, mums over the summer and then poinsettias for the holiday season. Their sales have grown more than five times since the business began. Jan attributes this growth to his simple, yet modern and efficient way of doing business — noting it’s much like his relationship with Farm Credit East.
“In my past roles with other greenhouse businesses, we worked with commercial banks. There was a lot of turnover and no consistency in the relationship,” said Jan. “So Farm Credit East has been great to work with.”
“It’s why I get to head out on vacation at the start of tax season,” he joked. “I trust that my team at Farm Credit East will take care of sending my employees’ W-2s.”
Karen also uses the CenterPoint® Accounting software to complete the farm’s books.“ This is a great tool to help us make business decisions quickly,” she commented.
“I’m fortunate to also be a member of my local customer service council and serve on the association nominating committee,” said Jan. “Through this process, I’ve been impressed with the farmers I meet and the progressive leadership of Farm Credit East.“
"The organization isn’t stagnant,” continued Jan.“ They’re always looking for ways to improve, which adds confidence to my relationship with them. I trust that if we have a bad year, they’ll bethere to back us up.”