In an industry that’s centered on hands-on education and training, helping out in the family business came second nature for Ruben Houweling.
As a young boy of seven, he started out washing flower pots and mixing soil, gradually adding to his duties as he grew older. With a father, two uncles, siblings and cousins involved, Ruben knew at an early age that this was where he belonged.
Three decades later, he’s still very much involved in Houweling Nurseries as the Operations & Propagation Manager. He’s been raising seedlings for 16 years and is passionate about the business.
Ruben knows there’s no such thing as a typical day in the nursery business but that’s part of what keeps him going. He and the rest of the staff bend their schedules to whatever the plants need, planning their lives around the crop and seedling cycles.
For Ruben, nothing compares to seeing that first cluster of tomatoes on the vine, after watching it grow from seed to plant. It’s a feeling that hasn’t changed for him in nearly twenty years.
My favourite thing about my job is just watching life grow in the greenhouse with the seasons and the cycles.
About Houweling’s Tomatoes
Houweling’s Tomatoes, is a family owned, world-renowned greenhouse tomato grower with facilities in Camarillo, CA and Delta, BC. Founded by Cornelius Houweling and now led by his son Casey, Houweling’s is dedicated to delivering a full complement of scrumptious tomatoes, while constantly innovating to reduce its environmental footprint.
Unlike many greenhouse growers, who contract product under their name from other growers in Mexico, Canada, and the USA, the Houweling’s brand appears only on products we grow. You don’t have to take their word for it; their tasty tomatoes do the talking. And be assured, their tomatoes are grown from third-party verified 100% Non-GMO seeds.Visit Their Website