Quiring said if he ever builds in the U.S., he would bring in product from the U.S.
“If we can get our heads around some of this technology, like lighting, we should be able to go year-round,” Quiring said.
The high-technology atmosphere doesn’t stop with the growing.
Every greenhouse is also equipped with a labor tracking system that tracks employee numbers, row numbers, bin numbers and job numbers. Nature Fresh also uses Global Trade Item Numbers for traceability.
“We bar code every pepper,” Quiring said. “Every box everyday is coded as well. Every skid, as well, which is something new we’re doing this year.”
Traceback could happen within half a day if necessary, Quiring said.
As he’s developing his own marketing business, Quiring remains heavily involved in nearly every aspect of greenhouse growing somehow.
His company worked on building projects for Kingsville-based Mastronardi Produce and Mucci Pac International Inc. this year, and Quiring sits on the board of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association.