A look inside the glass at NatureFresh Farms

November 20, 2017
Written by NatureFresh Farms
Nov. 20, 2017, Delta, OH – NatureFresh Farms opened its Delta, Ohio, doors to the community for its first ever open house.
“The Ohio community has been extremely supportive throughout the entire build and we have continuously received many inquiries from our neighbours wanting a  chance to take a look behind the glass,” said general manager John Ketler. “Education is a key component of who we are and we wanted to ensure that our neighbors had a chance to see exactly how we grow, from seedling to harvest.”  

Within days of the registration going live, there was more interest than hours  available in the day as well over 1000 people registered to tour the facility. NatureFresh had planned on the event lasting one day, however, it had to extend the tour to two days in order to accommodate all those interested.
 
ACTIVE PARTNER IN THE COMMUNITY

“For us, it’s more than just existing in Delta. We want to be an active partner in the community. It is important for us to show our neighbours how we grow and provide  total transparency,” said president and CEO Peter Quiring.

“We had school groups, senior homes, care facilities, farming clubs, and many families come out. It was great to be able to show everyone exactly where the produce they have sitting on their kitchen table comes from.”

With interactive sessions the team was able to give individuals a firsthand understanding of greenhouse growing techniques such as the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system and the growing medium.  

The company operates on a mantra coined by Peter Quiring. “We don’t just  grow produce, we grow people.”

In that spirit, NatureFresh partnered with JJ Safe House and Open Doors Delta to raise awareness and funds for the local charities. 

With produce being sold for $2 an item, approximately $2000 was raised in addition  to over 3000 pounds of produce being donated to the charities to help support local families having a healthier and happier Thanksgiving.
 
“The feedback was phenomenal,” said Ketler. “The community was amazed by everything from the scope and technology incorporated  in the facility to the flavour of the tomatoes. Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better event.”
 
To learn more about NatureFresh™ Farms, visit naturefresh.ca.  

ABOUT NATUREFRESH FARMS

NatureFresh Farms has grown to become one of the largest independent, vertically integrated greenhouse vegetable growers in North America, with operations in Leamington, Ontario, and Delta, Ohio.

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