BioBee provides environmentally friendly options for biological pest control for both conventional and organic agriculture. These solutions reduce the use of insecticides and miticides and assist farmers in growing quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers free of chemical residue. The implementation of a successful Integrated Pest Management program (IPM) allows growers to obtain higher quality and yields, which increases profit and create opportunity for exportation to countries that adhere to Global GAP and Supermarket MRLs requirements on both local and export markets.
Certis Biologicals specializes in the development of biological pesticides for crops around the world. Greg started as a Field Development Manager at Certis in 2016 but has nearly 20 years of experience in this industry. Greg currently consults with grower clients in the Northeastern U.S., but he is also an active collaborator in many research projects across the country.
Buglady Consulting provides consulting services on pest issues to many areas of the horticulture industry. For 23 years, BLC has specialized in biological control as part of an IPM program, all client recommendations are made to manage pests while being financially and ecologically minded.
Eli Robb & Genesis McKiernan-Allen
Genesis and Eli are first generation growers and owners of Full Hand Farm (est. 2011). Full Hand Farm is a 5-acre diversified farm located near Indianapolis, IN. Genesis and Eli grow 40 types of organic crops year-round, but specialize in fresh-eating salad greens. They sell primarily through farmers markets and local restaurants.
The Mad Farmers Collective is a group of several growers who combined forces in 2017 to farm together in downtown Indianapolis. South Circle Farm is the largest of their farms (1.5 acre) packed with a diversity of crops produced using organic, small-scale, and intensive practices (no-till, little electricity). They sell primarily via farmers markets and direct online sales.
Jen & Jeff Miller
Prairie Wind Family Farm is a 40-acre farm owned and operated by the Miller family. They are located Grayslake, IL (roughly 40 miles north of Chicago). They specialize in organic vegetable production and fresh eggs, but also sell products from partnering farms. They sell primarily through their farm stand and CSA program. They also mentors to beginning farmers through the Liberty Prairie Foundation.
Riverside Farm Stand and Greenhouse is one of the oldest ultigenerational farms in Maine (starting in 1743). Since then, the farm has expanded to over 200 acres and specializes in fresh vegetable and fruit production, although they offer value-added and ornamental crops throughout the season. Sales are primarily through their farm stand and local farmers’ markets.
Sandy & Paul Arnold
Pleasant Valley Farm has been in business for over 30 years and is owned and operated by the Arnold Family. They produce over 40 vegetable and fruit crops and specialize in the year-round production of greens in high tunnels. They are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) and sell direct-to-consumer via farmers’ markets and online sales.