“My interest in plants and working with people inspired me to become a Greenhouse Supervisor!”
In 2014, Yongzhen (Juli) Z. came from China to study at St. Clair College as an international student. Juli studied in the college’s Landscape and Horticulture program, which led her to different positions in landscaping after graduation. But to start her career in the greenhouse farming industry – a sector she has always been interested in – she applied at Nature Fresh Farms and joined our team in 2018!
Her interest in both plants and people made a Greenhouse Supervisor role a perfect fit for Juli: “My college program gave me the background knowledge and skills to be able to successfully work in the greenhouse industry. But I have always been a people-person, and this has helped me to be able to work with a diverse group of employees – working here is all about teamwork.”
Juli has a passion for her work and for delivering excellence alongside her fellow team members: “Nature Fresh Farms means a lot to me. It is not only a good company to work for, but also like a family. I enjoy working with my team, and all the departments, towards a common goal, and having passion and patience helps me motivate my team to finish tasks with high quality.”
One of Juli’s most defining moments was leaving China to expand her sights and experience new opportunities and challenges in Canada. Leaving her family in China was an especially difficult part of that decision, but Juli is greatly looking forward to working towards becoming a Canadian citizen in 2020!
As a Greenhouse Supervisor, Juli oversees her employees to ensure they properly maintain and harvest our plants. She also communicates with people from different departments to ensure everything in the greenhouse stays on schedule and runs smoothly. But Juli is also always brainstorming to come up with new ideas for how we can improve and deliver our best products! Juli is one of our #GrowToPeople.