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18 May 2020 - Staffing with COVID-19

Kent Coates | May 21, 2020, 8:18 a.m.

The problem seems simple:  The agriculture and fishing industry are suffering from a massive shortage of trained labourers while there are thousands of people in New Brunswick unemployed and relying on government benefits.  Shouldn’t we be able to employ these people?  Why have these industries had to resort to off shore labour in order to produce products in the first place?  It doesn’t take long to recognize a few complexities.   Here is a look at Nature’s Route Farm and some of our challenges:

I grew vegetables for years with local staff.  In fact, I had excellent people who helped grow Nature’s Route Farm larger and larger.  The work was hard, but it was diverse and the farm had staff who were dedicated to the ideal of growing the best possible vegetables for our community.  Even in challenging times we managed to find and inspire young and old local staff.  As the farm grew, our need for labour also grew.&...

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Spring 2020 Update

Kent Coates | April 18, 2020, 9:05 p.m.

Spring 2020 Well! 

Early in March I had written a newsletter that outlined how excited I was to be starting a new season and how much I was going to focus on more farming, great staff and make a few adjustments to grow more food and spend less time on the road mid-week. Just before I hit the send button COVID-19 turned the entire world on its heel and challenged all of us to adopt new ways of doing things. 

With a renewed sense of purpose and responsibility to feed ourselves I am excited to grow more veggies! To provide the safest possible food we will keep up to date with COVID-19 guidelines and endeavour to grow more and more food for our communities. 

Thankfully, our family and staff have been able to stay healthy. We got all of our family home from abroad safely and quickly implemented new systems to protect (y)our food. I hope all of you have managed to adapt to new ways of life and stayed healthy too. At Nature’s Route Farm winter is...

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