Watsonville's Jose Carerra Orchestrates Orchids' Growth

AROMAS – Not everyone can say they’re excited to go to work, but Jose Carrera experiences that rush every day.

He is the head grower for McLellan Botanicals/Taisuco America, one of the world’s largest orchid growing companies. The Watsonville resident began working for the company, then McLellan Orchids, when he was in high school. Except for a few years working for another orchid grower, he’s been with the firm ever since.

Now 55, Carrera manages 30 to 40 greenhouse workers at the company, situated at 2352 San Juan Road in Aromas. He has been head grower for 25 years.

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