(Version 1.0 – November 1, 2017, Matt Sanchez)
Congratulations, you are a charter member of the First Colony – Marriott Bee and Garden Program. Participating in this program is a very special privelage and unique to our Marriott. Consequently, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our Executive Director of Human Resources – Michelle Criswell, General Manager – Todd Hickey, Executive Chef – Joe Natoli, and Food & Beverage Director – Caneale Mills. Without their incredible leadership and support, this program would not exist.
As a participant in the Marriott Bee and Garden program, your focus may be specific to a certain aspect of agriculture (e.g., gardens only, chickens only, bee keeping and salt harvesting only, etc.) or you may participate as a generalist. Nevertheless, *all participants* are required to meet the same criteria outlined in each level O.J.T. (On the Job Training) card. Those that can not complete a practical exam in the apiary are still required to explain using a demonstration hive in a classroom setting.
Farming can be very hard work. And, even after an experienced farmer puts in all that hard work, they will tell you to expect unforeseen setbacks. What makes them (Farmers) unique is that they Never Give Up Hope. To quote a multiple generation commercial beekeeper (10,000+ colonies) after, losing 80% of his bees to colony collapse disorder, “…there’s always next year”.
I believe that you’ll find that working with nature is a very rewarding experience. However, expect to be challenged by unforeseeable circumstances (weather, time constraints, etc). Do not hesitate to strategize with “the colony” to find solutions. Timing is always critical. Events that take place over the course of 24 hours can often mean the difference between life and death (honey bees, plants, chickens, beneficial bacteria / earthworms in compost “living soil”, etc).
You are responsible for keeping a small note pad on you at all times. You are responsible for keeping your OJT card (on the job training card) on you at all times.
You have my unwavering support in your endeavors. My goal is to help everyone in this program become better than me. As you progress, I would hope that you choose to do the same with those that you mentor.
– Matt Sanchez
Note: You must always fulfill your obligation as a culinarian. Your availability to complete program tasks and / or attend required lectures may vary depending on the needs of your immediate supervisors.