Nature Fresh Farms has released a 22-minute documentary offering an inside look at how the COVID-19 outbreak affected its operations, particularly its guest work force of several hundred. Public health authorities shut down the farm on June 30, 2020, although none of the positive workers were ever hospitalized.
The film titled “The Hard Harvest” focuses on the workers from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean who come to Canada to work and provide for their families. In their own words, or in translation, they share what happened at Nature Fresh Farms, in the Leamington community and in the media.
“People are going to get a lot out of this documentary, no matter how familiar they are with agriculture,” explained John Ketler, vice president. “Even if you’re familiar with guest workers and how valuable they are to our food system, it’s not often that you get to hear from them directly about their experiences and dreams, or their perspectives on the program they’re an integral part of. Their voices deserve to be heard.”
The objective of Nature Fresh Farms is to clear up any misconceptions regarding the treatment of their employees.
“Transparency is one of our company’s key pillars,” says founder and president Peter Quiring. “Whether we are talking about how we grow our tomatoes, or how we treat our team, we’ve always been an open book. We hope this documentary will help us continue to be fully transparent about who we are and what we stand for, as well as help us share the details of what happened at our farm this summer.”
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Source: Nature Fresh Farms November 10, 2020 news release