Texas International Produce Association's In Bloom Virtual Event Deemed a Success
MISSION, TX - Although we as an industry were not able to gather together at this year’s Viva Fresh, its In Bloom “Bloom Where You Are Planted” virtual event touched many hearts nonetheless. During this virtual experience, more than 80 attendees listened to five different speakers and participated in an ongoing poll that asked attendees what their biggest worries during the pandemic have been, what tactics have helped them juggle and balance life and work, and what new things they’ve tried during lockdown.
“I really enjoyed the webinar—as a mom of a young boy and a wife to a husband who is an essential worker, it’s definitely refreshing to hear how other women are navigating through this time! There were some great tips and lots of nodding along!” remarked Cate Aldrete, Tradeshow and Marketing Manager at Organic Produce Network.
According to a press release, attendees took solace in knowing they weren’t alone in many aspects of the nationwide lockdown. The people polled revealed they are most afraid of the unknown and are anxious regarding COVID-19. Most attendees are moderately concerned about how the current pandemic will impact them, their family, or their business, followed by very concerned and then somewhat concerned. Very few people claimed to not be concerned.
“While we may be having these sorts of conversations with our peers and our families, it was very eye-opening to see and hear how people in our industry are coping,” said Tonya Hill, Owner and President of TM Hill Produce. “As managers and employers, we need to be asking these questions of those with whom we work. Without the face-to-face interaction we were used to in the past, it may sometimes be hard to know that someone is struggling and that they need help. It’s important that we check in and see how this is impacting their lives.”
For a full report on poll findings and a list of helpful resources in navigating these unknown times, click here.
Additionally, the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) would like to invite industry members to attend its virtual Viva Fresh Clean Eating Reveal on May 20. This is a free event, although registration prior to the event is required. For more information or to register online, please click here.
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