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Author: Joe Swartz & Nick Greens

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This podcast aims to combat the misleading information about controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) by providing listeners with facts and information about the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about topics like urban farming, greenhouse growing, etc., then this is the agriculture podcast for you!
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In this episode Nick interviews Roberto Meza and Donnie Greens about the microgreens business.More about Donnie Greens:Website: https://donnygreens.com/More about Roberto Meza:Website: https://www.emeraldgardens.farm/More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Vijay Rapaka, experienced technical professional, passionate and motivated to deliver commercial value through research and innovation. Skilled in Research and New Product Development, Strategic Planning, and Research Management. Successfully developed and launched several ground breaking technologies. More about Vijay Rapaka:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vijay-rapaka-6066367/More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick give updates on the hydroponic industry and talk about growing food indoors. More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Mark's background in operations and finance, mixed with his entrepreneurial spirit, makes him a dynamic leader. He always takes the time to get to know both his employees and customers, adding a personal touch to the company.More about Mark Thomas:Website: https://www.garfieldproduce.comMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick continue interviewing Richard Vollebregt, President & CEO of Cravo Equipment Ltd, a company that develops retractable roof production systems to enhance berry, cherry, cannabis and vegetable production for growers worldwide. His background in economics combined with 30+ years of experience designing automated retractable roof greenhouses, knowledge of plant physiology and my worldwide experience in many crop industries allows me to be very effective in designing crop production systems and then creating financial models which bench marking again conventional greenhouses, tunnels and open field production.More about Richard Vollebregt: Website: https://www.cravo.com/enMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Richard Vollebregt, President & CEO of Cravo Equipment Ltd, a company that develops retractable roof production systems to enhance berry, cherry, cannabis and vegetable production for growers worldwide. His background in economics combined with 30+ years of experience designing automated retractable roof greenhouses, knowledge of plant physiology and my worldwide experience in many crop industries allows me to be very effective in designing crop production systems and then creating financial models which bench marking again conventional greenhouses, tunnels and open field production.More about Richard Vollebregt: Website: https://www.cravo.com/enMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Jake attended Michigan State University where he earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticulture. He has nine years of experience across a variety of specialties including agriculture, agronomy, entomology, and viticulture. During his early career in Michigan he worked for Michigan State University, AgroLiquid, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Beginning in July 2018 he joined CropKing, Inc. based out of Lodi, Ohio. His experience with hydroponics, aquaculture, and aquaponics was instrumental to his desire to start Root 42 Harvests with his wife Katie.While his professional career has focused around outdoor/indoor cultivation practices and nutrient & pest management, he has an undeniable passion for viticulture and enology. Over the past ten years, Jake has been involved in the establishment and/or management of at least one dozen vineyards in France, Washington, Michigan, and Ohio. His international work and travel has enabled him to teach, learn from, and work with growers around the globe. Giving back, especially to the next generation of gardeners and farmers, has always been a central part of Jake’s career. He has personally created and taught at educational programs and seminars on various modern horticulture techniques across the United States in front of audiences ranging from school age kids to fellow industry professionals.  Passing along the knowledge and experiences Jake has already amassed in his young career is a guiding principle of Root 42 Harvests.More about Jake Emling:Website: https://www.root42harvests.com/More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Alex McMeekin a grower in Canada.More about Alex McMeekinLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-mcmeekin-15bbb190/More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Gene Giacomelli is a Professor in Biosystems Engineering for interdisciplinary education, research and outreach program for greenhouse and other advanced technology systems. He received a Ph.D. in Horticultural Engineering from Rutgers University in 1983. He also has a Master's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of California-Davis and two bachelor's degrees in Horticultural Science and Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Rutgers University. Here at the University of Arizona he teaches Controlled Environment Systems which is an introduction to the technical aspects of greenhouse design, environmental control, nutrient delivery systems, hydroponic crop production, intensive field production systems, and post-harvest handling and storage of crops. His research interests include controlled environment plant productions systems [greenhouse and growth chamber] research, design, development and applications, with emphases on: crop production systems, nutrient delivery systems, environmental control, mechanization, and labor productivity.More about Gene Giacomelli:Website: https://ceac.arizona.edu/person/gene-giacomelliMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
G&V Greenhouse Solutions has been meeting customer needs all over the world for 16 years. They are focused on providing greenhouse structures, greenhouse construction greenhouse project supervision, and all greenhouse installation services . They are proud of our knowledge and experience thru our Dutch heritage and American business style. They employ highly qualified supervisors who have experience building/installing every style of greenhouse to ensure we can bring you the quality and solutions your company deserves. They work with reputable companies in the United States & Holland to bring you the supplies you need, when you need them. They listen to your needs as every greenhouse is different and know your solutions are needed quickly.More about Julie Gilbert-Vijverberg: Website: https://greenhousesolutionsusa.com/More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Murat Kacira is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and also a faculty member in Controlled Environment Agriculture Center program at The University of Arizona. He received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering in Cukurova University in Turkey and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been active in teaching and research related to controlled environment agriculture (CEA) for the past twenty years with working experiences in academia and research institutions in the Unites States, Turkey, and Japan. His research involves in the area of greenhouse and plant energy balance studies, computer vision guided autonomous plant health and growth monitoring systems, modeling and simulation of  aerodynamics in CEA systems, photovoltaics integrated greenhouse systems, automation and control in algae production systems by novel sensors and control strategy applications. Kacira has given lectures regularly at greenhouse crop production and engineering short courses and invited lectures both at the national and international scientific meetings and conferences. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses at The University of Arizona. He is a member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). He serves as Chair of Commission Horticultural Engineering under ISHS. More about Murat Kacira:Website: https://be.arizona.edu/person/murat-kaciraMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Stephen Ritz about urban farming and growing food in classrooms. Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes which they had never imagined — while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx — Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 100,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.More about Stephen Ritz: Website: https://stephenritz.comMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Jenn Frymark from Gotham Greens.Green produce starts with green decisions. Gotham Greens indoor farming facilities are sun (and wind) powered, and climate controlled for a year-round growing season. This means they can provide clean, sustainable and quality food to the communities. Any time, anywhere.More about Jenn Fymark:Website: https://www.gothamgreens.com/More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Dan Ovadya stumbled into his career passion growing super sweet Chandler strawberries in low tech greenhouses on the Israel-Jordan border in 1991. That dusty summer was the start of his journey into agriculture and have since accumulated 30 years of experience with control environment crop production, research, and development. More about Dan Ovadya:Website: https://www.floragentech.comMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick discuss vertical farming, hydroponics and much more.More about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Grahame Dunling about his extensive career in vertical farming. Vertical farming allows us to grow healthy, accessible foods within a few acres of land, close to home. Grahame Dunling, together with son Matthew, has launched WorldWide Local Salads, bringing vertical farming to the city where the rich rural hinterlands saw the family well for more than 100 years.More about Grahame Dunling:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahame-dunlingMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Grow Strong Industries’ mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all people to grow indoors effortlessly. Since they founded in 2002, Grow Strong Industries has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering a single product, now offer multiple products - including grow tents, LED lighting, hydroponics systems, and nutrients - all suitable for indoor growing. Starting from three lifelong friends in their garage, they now have an army of employees and an office to call their own.More about Jamey:Email: jamey@growstrongindustries.comWebsite: https://www.growstrongindustries.comMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
Nicola Kerslake founded Contain Inc, a fintech platform for indoor agriculture, that aids indoor farmers in finding lease funding for their projects. They're  backed by Techstars' Farm to Fork program, funded by Cargill and Ecolab.More about Nicola Kerslake:Website: https://contain.agMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
In this Podcast Joe and Nick interview Dr. Gary Stutte about growing food in space.During the past ten years, Dr. Gary Stutte has worked at Kennedy Space Center in Dynamac's plant Research Group to determine the feasibility of using plants as bioregenerative life support systems for long duration space missions. Dr. Stutte is the principal investigator for several spaceflight experiments designed to grow plants in microgravity. One of these is the Photosynthesis Experiment System Testing Operation (PESTO) experiment, the first plant science experiment to be conducted aboard the International Space Station once it is delivered by the crew of STS-110. Designed by KSC, the PESTO experiment will study whether wheat will produce oxygen through photosynthesis and purify water through transpiration at the same rates as on Earth. The experiment could have a major impact on plans for future long-duration spaceflight, and will be followed by additional experiments aboard ISS. Although he was born in Oklahoma, Dr. Stutte considers Fayetteville, Arkansas his home. He attended the University of Arkansas for two years in the Horticultural Food Sciences Program, finishing his BS degree in Biology at the Oklahoma State University. Dr. Stutte has a Masters Degree in Horticulture for the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis.More about Gary Stutte:Website: http://www.synrge.comMore about Joe Swartz:Website: https://amhydro.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultantMore about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreensSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)
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