Mario – Head Grower

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Our staff are a lot like family, which is why there is a genuine sense of home when you walk into the greenhouse. We love getting our hands dirty in the garden, and watching the reward blossom. Mario is no exception. You can find Mario as busy as a bee in the growing houses, growing plants and spurring laughter. Dig a little deeper to learn fun little tidbits about the people who bring charisma to Salisbury.

Besides admiring the plants, I can be found at Salisbury…
watering the plants, spraying plants, spacing plants, cleaning the greenhouses, fixing broken things around the greenhouse, plumbing jobs, installing irrigation systems, building benches, sometimes taking care of paperwork in the office, organizing growing supplies, attending meetings, talking to sales representatives, etc… just keeping busy.

My Favourite plant is…
The one that grows the fastest and sells (hydrangeas).

What I love most about gardening is…
That I get all the fresh air out there. I enjoy seeing the results afterwards and not to mention I get exercise from it, love the smell of the earth, and you can find lots of life around the garden and keep your senses in tune.

I grew up in… El Salvador and my fondest memories of there will always be… where I was out playing with some kids and also working as a kid. A different way of life there but loved it. Created lots of good memories in Canada as well. I love this country as much as I love El Salvador.

As a child, I dreamt of being a…
A professional soccer player or as we call it football player. I’ve never got around to it but it’s still on the bucket list.

If I had no limitations, I would be working as an…
engineer. I was always interested in building things and I would probably be building the tallest building in the world.

Something you’d be surprised to learn about me is…
I like joking around, I like having fun, playing the odd practical joke on people. I grew up where people are not too serious and it’s alright to have a good laugh.

My favourite guilty pleasure, closet snack food is…
Chips and homemade salsa or hummus. Mmmm!

I love telling people that I’ve traveled to…
Cuba. I really loved there.

If I was a superhero my name would be…
Super Mario, I guess.

My all time favourite movie is…
Rambo: First Blood

The book I could read again and again is…
Reading was not a thing that I did that much, let’s see… “Salisbury Handbook” ha ha!

My life motto is…
Keep balance in life = work, home, all in order. It’s very important to keep them under control, because that makes your life a bit better. And a happy attitude towards whatever life throws at you.

My colleagues would most likely describe me as…
I don’t know how they describe me, hopefully as a good coworker.

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