LEAMINGTON, ON – After a successful program launch in 2016, NatureFresh Farms is once again promoting summer internship opportunities for its mobile Greenhouse Education Center (GEC). NatureFresh’s recruitment efforts are being focused on colleges and universities that offer agriculture, agri-science, agri-business, health, and food marketing programs, according to a press release.
“The Center For Growing Talent by PMA encourages organizations like NatureFresh Farms to employ students in their operations. These types of unique initiatives give students the hands on experience they need to understand & succeed in the produce industry”, said Alicia Calhoun, vice president, The Center For Growing Talent by PMA. With the assistance of Calhoun and her team, NatureFresh is able to connect directly with colleges and universities throughout North America to talk about employment opportunities.
The GEC team travels to schools, summer camps, city centers, and retail locations throughout the summer talking about how NatureFresh greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers are grown as part of the company’s #WeAreTheGrower story. The mobile Greenhouse Education Center has been a tremendous success over the last two years reaching thousands of consumers promoting healthy eating and sharing the NatureFresh story, according to the release. The team travels throughout the entire east coast, mid-west, and Ontario in Canada.
A year ago, applications came in from all over North America from interested students with varied agriculture and business backgrounds. For the 2016 tour, NatureFresh employed students from Michigan State, Ohio State, University of Windsor and the University of Missouri.
"The Greenhouse Education Center internship was an invaluable and unforgettable experience," said Adam Mefrakis, 2016 GEC Team Member and recent graduate of the University of Missouri. "It gave me the opportunity to learn firsthand about the greenhouse and food industry, by traveling and directly engaging with producers, retailers, and consumers. I completed the program equipped with skills and a strong network to pursue a career in the produce industry."
NatureFresh is again using the power of digital & social media to promote the hiring blitz to support the #GreenInTheCity Tour via their dedicated website: wearethegrower.com. All postings for the summer are listed on the website.