As a sign of appreciation for their hard work and commitment, Nature Fresh Farms leaders announced at the company’s recent 20-year celebration in November that employees can now add a group retirement plan to their existing benefits.
The plan allows employees to contribute to it through payroll deductions before tax is calculated. The amount is then matched by Nature Fresh Farms allowing employees to save more for their retirement and receive immediate tax relief from those savings. Nature Fresh Farms hopes this new benefit will help existing employees plan for their future but also act as an incentive attracting new hires since this benefit is uncommon within the industry.
“The 20th anniversary celebration gave us the perfect opportunity to express our appreciation to our employees by announcing the extension of their current benefits plan which now includes the Group Retirement Plan,” said John Ketler, general manager. “Nature Fresh Farms’ most valuable asset is its employees, and we want to help provide for our amazing team.”
Beginning as a buy and sell project in 1999, Nature Fresh Farms has transitioned into one of the largest independent greenhouse produce growers in Canada. In its 20 years, Nature Fresh Farms has had many accomplishments including a recent 32-acre expansion, which brings the total family-owned facilities to 200 acres, and advancing operations to year-round growing in Leamington. The company has taken significant steps to further integrate sustainability within operations exemplified this year by the successful introduction of new compostable cucumber