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Eli Zimmer Production and Plant Research Manager

New York, NY. Eli Zimmer CV-3.pdf
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Flavour Fields, Production Research & Development Supervisor, Long Island, NY. May – July 2023● Led the continuous improvement of a Spanish speaking production team, optimizing processes and growing practices to drive quality yield and labor efficiency within a semi-automated dutch glasshouse and an edible leaves and flowers greenhouse.

Square Roots, Plant Research & Development Manager Brooklyn, NY. June 2020 – Feb 2023

●  Managed three shipping container farms and a team of five growers in the research, development, and implementation of production ready crop recipes and farm operations processes for an indoor controlled environment farming company.
●  Led all R&D growing activities ensuring exceptional plant health.

Square Roots, Assistant Farm Manager Grand Rapids, MI. August 2019 – June 2020
●  Co-managed all crop production and team members for a 10 shipping container farm, successfully achieving yield targets.
●  Managed a team of 9 farmers and oversaw the successful execution of all production tasks including seeding, transplant, harvest, packing, and farm maintenance.
●  Collaboratively implemented and managed both a GAP+ food safety program and Integrated Pest and Disease Management Program.

Square Roots, Next-Gen Farmer Brooklyn, NY. November 2018 – August 2019
●  Operated controlled environment shipping container farm by conducting regular oversight of farm system hardware, software, and general farm maintenance.
●  Performed in farm production activities including but not limited to seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and packing with attention to efficiency and quality.

MSU Tollgate Extension Farm, Vegetable Farm Apprentice Novi, Mi. May 2017 – October 2017
● Operated a 50+ member diversified vegetable farm, CSA and farmers market as a team of three. As an apprentice, I participated in an intensive full season, full time introduction to low-input farming and farm business practices.