The Ohio State University
Greenhouse Education Center, Team Member
“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence”- Jim Watkins
As I walked through the NatureFresh doors leading to Phase 4 during orientation weekend, that particular quote was posted on a board where the team and I were gearing up in our very fashionable biosecurity suits. It was in that moment, I took a step back and realized the amazing opportunities greenhouse agriculture has for producers and consumers alike.
Being one of five college students in training to take the Greenhouse Education Center on the road this summer, our orientation provided time to understand the company, the people and their purpose. One of the biggest things I noticed in the short time there was the dynamic of the company and its culture. The employees were very friendly, welcoming and ready to help our team as we embark on this journey. Peter Quiring and his family were excited to interact with members and allow us to see every facet of the ever-growing NatureFresh. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt like I was part of a bigger family.
A native Northwest Ohioan myself, I have come to know the ins and outs of the area. Last year, when NatureFresh Farms announced they were breaking ground in Delta, Ohio to develop a 150-acre facility, it was a day I remember clearly. Since then, the greenhouse has become very visual. The 15.25 acres quickly became a center for tomato growth, even in the cold of a Northwest Ohio winter. NatureFresh’s brand of Ohio Red’s is becoming a staple item in grocery stores and homes around the area alike. This is because NatureFresh is more than your average produce company. They are a group of people who are willing to promote a larger cause. Sustainability, eating fresh, and providing consumer education are just a few initiatives NatureFresh is willing to invest in for the future.
As our team sets out in May, I encourage you to follow our journey around North America. How can you get involved? Attend a Green in the City event, become educated on how food is grown and ask questions. These growers are stewards of sustainability and have a passion to produce a quality product to feed families nutritiously.
Have you interacted with NatureFresh on social media? Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We will be using #GreenInTheCity and #GrowToPeople throughout our journey, be sure to check these hashtags out throughout our adventure. Our Green in the City Team looks forward to meeting you at one of our many stops this summer!