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Nick Greens Horticulturist/Consultant

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JUAN M. SANTILLAN (AKA Nick Greens)

226 Elyria St. Lodi, OH. 44254 | nick@nickgreens.com | 312 610 2781

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PERSONAL PROFILE

An innovative, personable and multi-talented horticulturist looking for creative and team oriented position. Passionate about food and horticulture.  A people lover and an exceptional communicator. Enjoys being resourceful, analytical and is a results oriented problem solver.

EMPLOYMENT

CropKing Inc  (Lodi, OH), July 2018-Present

Horticulturist/Consultant

Plan and build vertical NFT micro-green growing systems
Provide mentoring and work training programs
Consulting for Garfield Produce IL, Fallingwater Farms IN, Emerald Gardens CO, Southern Organics AL and Madar Farms Dubai.
Client relations
Help with social media post and content
Help with direct marketing

Nick Greens LLC. (Chicago, IL), March 2014-2018

Master Grower/Founder

Crop planning of specialized microgreens, mature herbs, lettuce and edible flowers
Provide mentoring and work training programs to local teens
Business, marketing and product branding strategy
Distribution and client relations
Plan and build soil and hydroponic vertical growing systems
Quality control, research and development of products
Consulting for Garfield Produce IL, Fallingwater Farms IN, Herban Produce IL, Southern Organics AL and Traders Market NC.

Farmed Here (Bedford Park, IL), June 2014-2016

Master Grower/ Account Manager

Plan and build vertical NFT micro-green growing systems
Quality control, research and development of products
Oversee and carry out all aspects of crop planning
Manage retail and wholesale client accounts
Business trend identification and forecasting
Assist team members with HACCP
Develop and brew various organic compost tea formulas to aid in growth and maintenance of plants

Plant Chicago NFP-The Plant  (Chicago , IL) July 2010-2016

Volunteer/Microgreens Project

Started microgreens project for NFP
Initiated neighborhood teen mentoring program
Quality control, research and development of products
Plan and build NFT and Soil microgreens growing systems
Oversee and carry out all aspects of crop planning
Manage retail and wholesale client accounts
Business trend identification and forecasting
Coordinated volunteer activities
Aided in demolition and construction of plant

Mighty Hydro  (San Diego , CA) June 2009-2010

Volunteer/Retail Associate

Managed daily retail operation
Provided excellent customer service
Built demo grow systems
Business management and marketing

EDUCATION and TRAINING

City Colleges of Chicago – Associate in Science (Chicago, IL) 2012-2015

Blue Star Produce – Internship  (Buchanan , MI) 2014 – 2015

IPRO at ILLINOIS TECH – Instructor (Chicago, IL) 2010 – 2013

ServSafe Manager – Manager Food Safety Certification (Chicago, IL) 2016

ServSafe Manager – Food Handler Certification (Chicago, IL) 2014

Eat What you Grow Training – CPS Food Safety Certification (Chicago, IL) 2016