Roses Help With Art Therapy!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is from May 1 – 7, 2011. This year, we want to recognize the work of Roxy Azuaje who has been assisting our Marketing Department with her creative photography. For the past couple of months, Roxy has been working with the Federation of Families of Miami-Dade to create, facilitate, and implement photography into their art therapy programming. The Federation of Families of Miami-Dade is a non-profit organization comprised of families that educate and guide families of youth that have mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The goals of the organization include educating the community for improvements in the system of care and linking families to appropriate services.

The ages of the teens range from 12 to 17 years old, and most suffer from mental illness and substance abuse. With the use of some digital cameras, Roxy has been able to engage the youth and provide them with a new art form to express their creativity.

During the two-hour photography workshop, Roxy helps the students see beyond what’s in front of them. She provides them with still objects, which often include Passion Growers’ roses, and allows the students to create an image that is meaningful to them. Passion Growers’ roses also let them experience nature in an otherwise sterile environment. Roxy says, “The colors of Passion Growers’ roses help stimulate things inside of them. I let them do whatever they want with the flowers and they’re very gentile with them, and they can get really creative with the stems and petals.”

There are currently nine institutions that Roxy is working with to provide her photography workshops. Many of the youth have severe mental disabilities which prevent them from leaving the buildings where they’re housed. Roxy often freezes the roses and petals to preserve them and then let the students create images like peace signs, hearts and more.

In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Federation of Families will be sponsoring FACES First Annual Family & Youth Empowerment Summit at Jungle Island. The event is to celebrate the resiliency and recovery of underprivileged youth in our community who overcome daily challenges associated with mental health and substance abuse. During the event, Roxy will create a photo competition for the students.

Passion Growers is honored that our roses can provide a creative means for these at-risk youth by helping them to work towards wholeness and healing through Roxy’s photography programs. We are proud of the community work that Roxy is doing and appreciate her willingness to give back and offer new and innovative ways to be creative and help the teens overcome their obstacles in life.

Passion Growers Recognizes the Recent Graduates at its Farms

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Since its start, Passion Growers has emphasized the importance of education.  In 2009, the farms that supply roses to Passion Growers implemented several education programs allowing the employees to pursue their goals.  They introduced several learning opportunities including schooling for elementary, middle school, and high school diplomas.

Passion Growers is dedicated to creating a workplace in which the rights, needs and unique contributions of every employee are consistently respected. We strive to be a company where people can develop their full potential and build their careers in an environment that reflects and respects their values. With more than 3,618 families (including the people at the farms that supply us) relying on us, we place a priority on providing a supportive environment in which they can flourish.

This year, we are proud of our 2010 second-semester graduates.  This includes two students in elementary school, nine students in middle school, and eight students in high school.  Since the program began, more than 60 employees (and their children) have successfully graduated and currently have 58 employees enrolled in the study program.

The 2010 Second Semester Graduates from the Farms that Supply our Roses on an Exclusive Basis

The 2010 Second Semester Graduates from the Farms that Supply our Roses on an Exclusive Basis

Our Farms Care for All Creatures Great and Small

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

As part of its commitment to creating and maintaining a wildlife sanctuary – a directive of the Rainforest Alliance, Ipanema Farms – one of the farms that supplies Passion Growers with roses on an exclusive basis – is proud to show off their extended family.  The Bogata Tingua is an endangered species and has created a home at the farms. The Bogota Tingua can be considered one of the emblematic birds of Colombia, as it is endemic in the country and they live in one of the most densely populated parts of the country.

The Bogata Tingua Makes a Home at our Farms

Passion Growers is Committed to Educational Goals!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The 2010 Graduating Class from the Farms that Supply our Roses on an Exclusive Basis

In 2009, Ipanema Farms, the farms that are supplying Passion Growers on an exclusive basis, have implemented a continuing education program for its employees. At Ipanema Farms and Passion Growers, we are committed to aiding employees in reaching both their personal and professional goals. Many Ipanema Farms’ employees were not able to complete their education due to extenuating circumstances however, through this program have been able to realize the pride and satisfaction that comes with this milestone accomplishment.

Their first graduating class in 2009 was comprised of 10 elementary school graduates and 5 high school graduates. To date 50 employees total have graduated and there are currently 130 employees in the study program. Employees are able to pursue this goal for only $16.00 US per month. In addition, the company pays for transportation to and from school, supplies the classroom with accredited teachers, pays for their meals, and whenever necessary gives the time at no cost to the workers to take the classes.

Join us in congratulating them!