Ecuador: How to keep a farm running in coronavirus times

Flower farms around the world are taking a huge hit as flowers are going unused due the coronavirus. As a result, the industry is suffering greatly as events have been cancelled worldwide, and many businesses have seized production.

Boutique rose farm Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. in Cotopaxi, Ecuador is still maintaining itself with a reduced staff on-site that is still caring for plants and cutting all unused production.

The farm is operating with a team of 25 people; whereas they  normally have up to 60 people working at a time. Although the majority of the team is social-distancing safely at home, members on the front-line are taking serious precautions to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

Staying safe
Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. is well-equipped with personal protective equipment including face masks, hand sanitizers and gloves. Not only is the company encouraging social distancing between one another, but they have reduced hours to combat the virus, along with other extra precautions. Every vehicle that enters the farm is safely fumigated, and the company is also monitoring the team’s health by checking their temperatures daily.

These extra steps not only ensure the safety of the team, but keep the company operating efficiently so that the farm is well-maintained without affecting the quality of our roses.

Composting unused flowers
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for flowers has greatly decreased worldwide. As a result, the farm has discarded approximately 16,000 stems of roses daily.

Just like many flower farms are enduring, the loss is absolutely devastating. To avoid creating waste from this unfortunate situation, the farm has been composting all the unused stems, maintaining standards of sustainability and environmental consciousness.

Looking forward
"We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy throughout this global pandemic", says Ashley Black of Jet Fresh Flowers.

"During this state of isolation, we believe people need flowers more than ever, and to surround themselves with nature and beauty. Jet Fresh wants you to know that we’re doing whatever is possible to support the floral industry during this unfortunate supply shortage.

"Whether you need flowers farm-direct, or from Miami, Jet Fresh can fulfill wholesale flowers to you with a 3-days notice. Our boutique farm has still maintained a steady production of roses offering a great variety of natural and color-enhanced options. And our main distribution office in Miami is also importing flowers which are available for your needs. 

"Let us help each other out during this time of need, and do whatever we can to support the floral industry together."

For more information:
Jet Fresh Flower Distributors

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