Brian Wickert - President & Producer
Brian Wickert is a biodynamic and organic vegetable farmer. He is a member of WI Farmers Union, a board member at Michael Fields Agriculture Institute and is currently serving as the Board President of the Fifth Season Cooperative. Brian works to establish new distributors for the co-op and is developing markets for industrial hemp production of CBD for our hemp grower members. Brian is most excited to be working with the multi-stakeholder co-op model at the Fifth Season Cooperative as he sees it as the future model of doing business everywhere. He is dedicated to working with the practices of biodynamic agriculture and supplies biodynamic preparations to other farmers through the region. Brian is married to Patty Wickert, together they have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
Justin Trussoni - Vice President & Producer
Justin Trussoni, along with his wife Michele and their four daughters, are part of the sixth generation to farm in the Bad Axe River Valley. He grew up on an organic dairy and egg farm learning how to take care of the ground using natural methods. This will be the third year Justin has shipped produce with the Fifth Season Coop and the 15th season growing produce. Some of the crops raised on the farm include: winter squash (most varieties), kale, collards, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and hemp. Currently, Justin is working on eliminating the need for organically approved pesticides and plastic in all parts of the operation.
Matt Tradewell - Treasurer & Buyer
Matt Tradewell has worked for Mayo Clinic in La Crosse since 2000. At Mayo Clinic he has held positions in the Laboratory and Administration. He has been the Administrator for the Hospital, Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Nutrition and is currently serving Mayo Clinic as an Administrator for Surgical Services. He enjoys spending time hiking local trails, fishing and boating, downhill skiing and volunteering all with his wife and three children.
He has served on the Fifth Season Co-op board since 2016 and is currently serving as the Treasurer. Matt’s ties to Fifth Seasons mission and passion for supporting the people and environment that bring food to our table started with his childhood growing up on his grandparents farm and orchard in Southeast Wisconsin where he learned the importance of community and hard work.
Katie Sedbrook - Secretary & Buyer
Katie Sedbrook joined the board as Secretary in 2019, making her Fifth Season Cooperative’s newest board member. Katie has been in long term care since 2001, holding a license as a Certified Dietary Manager, and is currently the Culinary Service Supervisor at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville, WI. At Upland Hills, she oversees the Culinary Department with twenty one staff. Upland Hills Health strives to feature fresh, local produce on all their menus, serving meals for the hospital, nursing home, and cafeteria.
Kaite grew up on a farm near Montfort, WI, an experience that instilled in her the values and hard work farmers put into what they produce. She enjoys being able to help support her local farmers and businesses both as Culinary Service Supervior and being on the board for Fifth Season.
Pete Gengler - Processor
Pete Gengler is the President of Sno Pac Foods in Caledonia, MN and is a fourth generation grower & processor of organic frozen vegetables. Pete is on his third term on the board with Fifth Season Cooperative. Being on the board with Fifth Season compliments Sno Pac’s commitment to it’s local farmers and processors.
Mike Gasper - Buyer
Michael Gasper has been the Nutrition Services Director for the School District of Holmen since 2008. In that time he has developed a Farm to School program that has been recognized nationally. He believes “purchasing locally is so important to our economy and more importantly for the health of our students. Serving on the Fifth Season Board of Directors is a natural extension of that."
Michael is a life long resident of La Crosse, WI and is married with three children.
Click here to view the School District of Holmen's Nutrition Services website!