I am officially one month in to my Greenhouse Education Center journey! You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I feel this opportunity has helped me achieve a new level of excellence in my daily life; the experiences on the GEC team have been nothing but unforgettable to say the least. The positive energy around me every day has made life simply more enjoyable.
Driving the future of fresh has helped me drive my own life forward to a happier, healthier, and more exciting life. I am rapidly learning more about the agricultural industry every day and the important role that fresh, flavorful, and consistently grown produce plays in the health of families across the nation.
No matter what, at the end of every experience my mind always draws back to how lucky I am to have this awesome NatureFresh team by my side. I am quickly realizing that as I move more and more into this journey that with all the great friendships and learning experiences this job offers, it’s shaping me as a person. I surround myself with great people, and it’s allowing me to be a better me. That consistent positive energy around me gives me this ongoing fresh feeling, and there’s no fresher feeling than a NatureFresh feeling! As I move from city to city each and every week I only see a promising adventure ahead. Every day I am getting better, and I truly understand why NatureFresh is coined as the #GROWTOPEOPLE! They are not just growing great vegetables but also growing inspired employees for a brighter future.
Being with NatureFresh this past month has also helped me fulfill my passion for marketing. I am a marketing major myself, and having the chance to be around creative and passionate marketing minds has helped me grow and learn from some of the best. I actually got the opportunity to go to my very first trade show, United Fresh in Chicago, this past week (trade shows are a HUGE part of marketing). The tradeshow helped me learn the value of visibility & credibility; exhibiting at a trade show provides hundreds of learning opportunities to help me grow. Establishing a presence, whether big or small, for your company at a trade show gives you a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing customers, and building a more established and reliable brand. When I stepped into the United Fresh tradeshow I could not believe the effort that goes into companies booths! Companies amazed me with their unique signs, energetic mascots, and delicious samples. Attending the show allowed me to see this industry in a whole new light, and I’ll even let you in on a little secret…. I loved this side of the industry A LOT! I could have walked around the show for hours on end and would not have lost any interest. But what had to be my favorite part of the whole show was the bonding between the team during the tradeshow. The opportunity’s NatureFresh Farms is providing me with is something I would of never dreamed of a month ago prior to taking my first steps on my Greenhouse Education Center journey.
With this Greenhouse Education Center journey you really never know what the next day might bring. That really is the best part about my position, every conversation is different and every location brings new people and new questions about greenhouse grown produce. I can remember my first day and how nervous I was to start, and now being a month in I can’t believe how far I have come in such little time. I can only wish for more great memories as I move forward with a teachable spirit. One thing is for certain: I am going to put my best foot forward in every situation, because I realize how special of an opportunity NatureFresh Farms has provided me this summer. Summer 2017 #WEARENATUREFRESH.