On Dec. 4, Nature Fresh Farms said it would be passing off the keys to its Phase 1 and 2 greenhouse to a new group of dedicated growers.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the Phase 1 greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario, where founder and owner Peter Quiring, GM John Ketler and Executive Retail Sales Account Manager Matt Quiring cut the ribbon along with their new partners in growing. The facility’s new name will be Chosen Fresh Farms Ltd., owned by Neil Enns, Ben Friesen, Abram Fehr and Peter Klassen.
“I’m very excited to help Chosen Fresh Farms purchase my first 36-acre farm and congratulate them on becoming a part of the Nature Fresh Farms team of growers,” said Peter Quiring. “As our market share continues to grow, Nature Fresh Farms needs an ongoing new supply of innovative, passionate growers to keep us ahead of the competition.”
By transferring ownership of its first built facilities, Nature Fresh Farms has presented an opportunity for several families to get involved in the industry and hopes to continue to inspire others.
“We are thrilled to work with our new grower, Chosen Fresh Farms, and feel that the opportunity for both companies was a match with this transition,” said John Ketler. “The sale of our original 36 acres adds a new long-term grower to our family of existing growers and allows us to expedite our upcoming plans for expansion. It also supports several local families to get into the greenhouse farming business which encourages others to take an interest in the industry.”
This transaction assists in expediting the company’s expansion plans beyond its current construction of Phase 8 by putting it in a position to continue future growth. As Phase 8’s completion is planned for next spring, Nature Fresh Farms looks forward to advancing their facilities along with the continued development of its organic production in 2020. It will be continuing its expansion of organics with an increased focus on year-round growing at the new Phase 8 facility, which will entail a significant increase in production and expanding its commodity base.