On December 18, 2020, Vladimir Mazo, the Head of Administration of the Usman Municipal District of Lipetsk Oblast, presented Ovoschi Chernozemya greenhouse complex with a commemorative medal for its contribution to the organization of the All-Russian #My Vmeste (“We are Together”) mutual aid campaign. The prize was complimented with a diploma signed by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Putin. The award was accepted by the greenhouse complex’s CEO Mikhail Veretennikov.
The #My Vmeste project was launched in 2020 with the aim of helping the elderly, low-mobile, and needy citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. In all regions of the Russian Federation, volunteers work to deliver medicine and food to the population. There are lawyers, psychologists, and other specialists providing pro bono support to people, too. Many enterprises participate in the campaign as partners, organizing deliveries of free goods to those who are forced to be self-isolated due to health reasons. Since the beginning of the program, more than 4.5 million people have received targeted assistance, and the figure continues to grow.
Over one ton of vegetables was provided to hospitals from Ovoschi Chernozemya greenhouse complex to ensure a healthy and varied diet for doctors and medical personnel. Those who stand in the front line of the epidemic especially need additional immune resources. Among the medical centers that received help from the agricultural holding during the pandemic were Vinogradov State Budgetary Institution No. 64, the Sklifosovsky Research Institute for Emergency Medicine, the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, and many other organizations.
Ovoschi Chernozemya greenhouse complex, acting as a part of ECO-Culture holding, is a major tomato grower in the Lipetsk Oblast. The enterprise’s capacity is high enough to fully meet the region’s demand for fresh vegetable products throughout the year. The greenhouse complex helps elderly and disabled citizens, as well as multi-child families by supplying fresh vegetables on a regular basis. Proper nutrition during a difficult epidemiological situation is essential to maintain the immune status of the body. The tomatoes produced by the complex are grown in greenhouses with only ecological methods used. No growth stimulants or chemical methods of plant protection are allowed within the holding’s facilities. The high content of vitamins and micronutrients combined with impeccable taste makes ECO-Culture’s vegetables a perfect addition to any diet, especially during winter and off-season.
The agricultural holding has been participating in pandemic-related aid campaigns since April of this year. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce are being supplied to pensioners and other categories of citizens in Lipetsk, Tula, Voronezh, Leningrad, and other regions of the Russian Federation. Every greenhouse complex of the holding participates in charity events, with hundreds of tons of fresh vegetables given away as in-kind donations since the beginning of this spring.