May 21, 2012 - 14:09
Gladys Andiru Opiyo

Age

33

Job Title

Grower

Company

Shenandoah Growers, Harrisonburg, Va.

Accomplishments

Reorganized production systems in 17,000-square-foot greenhouse, improving overall efficiency and product quality; Improved company’s propagation of mint plants by 50 percent – from 40 percent to 90 percent; Created a successful propagation program of rosemary plants to supply half of company’s plug requirements for year-round production.

Extracurricular

Books on the nightstand: Flower Confidential and The Orchid Thief; Favorite vacation spot: Gladys likes to return to her hometown of Moyo and “just relax and enjoy time at home with my parents and siblings;” Gladys left Uganda to go to college in Costa Rica and became fluent in Spanish in three months.

Fun Fact

Can’t live without: Coffee
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