Marfa, Texas employees inspire heartfelt song in music video

Village Farms is happy to boast it is versed in the ‘art’ of musical video production.

Marfa, Texas resident and dual citizen Rámon Vega Navarro recently launched his first music video paying tribute to the company’s employees in his song “Doble Nacionalidad”, which translated to English means “Double Nationality”.

Village Farms employee Rámon Vega Navarro recently launched his first music video paying tribute to the company’s employees in his song “Doble Nacionalidad”. 

Navarro’s song lyrics and video imagery tell the story of a group of resolute employees who travel to greenhouses each day in Marfa, Texas. The greenhouses are in the far west region of the state close to the Mexican border and just across the border is the town of Ojinaga, Mexico where these employees have homes. The project was a collaboration with Marfa Live Arts and film director Tina Rivera. A jury of playwrights chose Navarro’s music video, winning him second place in the Marfa Live Art 2021 Short Playwriting Contest.

The song and video pay tribute to Village Farms employees. “This is a huge honor for the company,” says Derin Gemmel, vice-president of human resources administration and compliance for the company’s Texas based operations.

Navarro’s song lyrics tell the story of a group of resolute employees who travel to greenhouses each day in Marfa, Texas. 

“For almost three decades, Village Farms has had a presence here in West Texas. We are one of the largest employers among the three adjacent counties, and the biggest taxpayer within two of the countries where the greenhouses operate. A sizable portion of our facilities’ dedicated employees travel each day from Ojinaga. It is touching to hear the sentiments expressed in this song and the imagery illustrating the day-to-day commitment of these people to their jobs,” says Michael A. DeGiglio, president, CEO and founder for Village Farms.

The company has recently faced many challenges, given the pandemic and labor shortages, struggling with enough employees to fulfill its mission to supply retailers 365 days a year. Sixty million pounds of USA grown tomatoes are grown, harvested, packed, sold and distributed annually from the Village Farms Texas facilities in Marfa, Fort Davis, Monahans as well as from a distribution center in Fort Worth. Village Farms hopes to attract more employees to its facilities from the Ojinaga area, particularly in anticipation of favorable legislation that will propel Village Farms into further health and wellness product opportunities for growth.

Sixty million pounds of USA grown tomatoes are grown, harvested, packed, sold and distributed annually from the Village Farms Texas facilities. 

“The future of Village Farms looks bright in Texas and we plan to continue shining brilliantly in the state and grow as long as we are able to,” says DeGiglio.

For more information:
Helen L. Aquino
Village Farms International Inc.
Tel: +1 (407) 936-1190 ext. 312
haquino@villagefarms.com   
www.villagefarms.com  


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