Ontario’s greenhouse sector was at the epicentre of the COVID-19 crisis, under intense public scrutiny. Near Leamington, Ontario, Nature Fresh Farms was a leader in advocating for on-site testing, but then 199 of its asymptomatic workers tested positive. Local health authorities shut down the entire 160-acre facility on June 30, 2020. It took two weeks to be fully staffed again.
Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower, goes 'Behind the Scenes' of the December cover story titled Hardest Harvest to explore with John Ketler, vice-president, what Nature Fresh Farms did to protect its workers – and its reputation. This series is sponsored by BASF Agricultural Solutions.