Nature Fresh Farms Hires New General Manager for Mexico Greenhouse
LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO, CANADA - Nature Fresh Farms is bolstering its Mexico-based team with the addition of Robert Van Der Geest. The greenhouse grower recently tapped Van Der Geest as the General Manager of the Mexico team.
“One of the first things I’ve noticed about this company is the real team environment, which is a fantastic achievement for a company this large,” shared Van Der Geest. “I’m looking forward to working with a team that is so innovative and constantly pursuing growth.”
Nature Fresh Farms has expanded operations into Mexico to be close to growing partners and augment its existing North American supply chain. According to the press release, Nature Fresh Farms has financially invested in the operation of a 15-acre greenhouse with an additional 15 acres under construction, located in Central Mexico.
Central Mexico’s favorable climate reinforces the grower’s ability to provide fresh produce 365 days of the year. By having full control over the operations in Mexico, Nature Fresh Farms can ensure the level of quality and flavor their customers expect.
Van Der Geest has been brought on to lead Nature Fresh’s greenhouse operations and will be responsible for the initial set up of the facility. As noted in the release, he will take care of personnel and operational management to ensure the facility runs smoothly while helping to integrate the greenhouse with the rest of Nature Fresh Farms' operations. Van Der Geest is thrilled about the new opportunities arising in Mexico and looks forward to acquiring more knowledge and applying it to growing in addition to providing fresh and consistent produce to Nature Fresh’s customers throughout the year.
“We welcome the addition of Robert to the Nature Fresh Farms teams,” announced Vice President John Ketler. “With our new facilities in Mexico, we needed someone with an extensive understanding of the industry and familiarity of the region, and Robert is a great fit.”
Originally from Holland, Van Der Geest first began his agricultural career in the cut flower industry. For five years, he ran a cut flower project in Mexico. Following his return to Holland, he shifted to produce greenhouse growing. Then in 2016, he moved back to Mexico to continue the management of greenhouses in the region.
Nature Fresh Farms is excited about the growth and direction of the company along with the steady expansion of its team. As the business continues to grow, the company is excited to offer new opportunities for professional development.
Congratulations Robert Van Der Geest on your new position! We look forward to seeing what’s in store.