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Taylor Readyhough Director of Cultivation; Plant & Soil Scientist

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TAYLOR J. READYHOUGH

September 17, 2018

 

Current Address                                                                                        Permanent Address

280 Maple Street, Apartment 4                                                                        (401) 222-0383

Burlington, Vermont 05401                                                             treadyhough@gmail.com

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

 

University of Rhode Island. B.S. Degree. Environmental Horticulture. May 2015.

 

University of Vermont. Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine. November 2016.

 

University of Vermont. M.S. Degree Candidate. Plant & Soil Science.

January 2017 – December 2018.

 

Courses of interest:

·       Biology of Fungi

·       Commercial Plant Propagation

·       Entomology

·       Greenhouse Operations & Management

·       Home & Garden Horticulture

·       Horticultural Crop Management

·       Horticultural Science

·       Organic Chemistry

·       Plant Breeding & Genetics

·       Plant Pathology

·       Plant Protection

·       Soil Ecology

·       Soil Science

·       Soil-Water Relations

·       Statistical Methods

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

 

Thesis.

Defining changes in a modified field soil by amendment of organic materials in a greenhouse container study: impacts on plant morphology, biomass allocation, soil pore size distribution, and rhizosphere microbial community composition. Applications include plant growth promotion and disease suppression and/or tolerance to soil-borne pathogens. Currently in writing phase.

 

Co-author.

Screening of commercial biological control products against R. solani on Cannabis (industrial hemp) seedlings. Isolated and cultured R. solani from UVM extension farm research plot after experiencing considerably low seedling establishment during two successive years. Conducted seedling assay using 10 different biological control products under cooled environmental conditions at UVM on-campus greenhouse facility to mimic early-spring planting times. 1700+ seeds in total. In progress.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant.

20+ hours per week teaching Plant & Soil Science courses at UVM as part of funded assistantship program. Responsibilities included lecturing for 50 minute class periods, coordinating and instructing 3-hour lab sessions, caring for class research projects and crops, and holding weekly office hours to assist students with understanding course materials.

 

Courses taught:

·       Greenhouse Operations & Management

·       Commercial Plant Propagation

·       Home & Garden Horticulture

·       Woody Plant Identification

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

Cultivator. Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center. Providence, Rhode Island.

450+ hour internship in cultivation for University credit. Hired as employee following internship. Responsible for all aspects of garden management, including but not limited to: propagation, germination, pruning and training, plant nutrition, and maintenance of hydroponic systems in a newly constructed, large-scale hydroponic production facility. June 2013 – Dec 2013.

 

Cultivation Manager. Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center. Providence, Rhode Island.

Assistant to the Director of Cultivation at newly constructed commercial cultivation facility. Responsible for all aspects of garden management, including but not limited to: environmental control, plant health, genetic selection, propagation, germination, plant nutrition, automated irrigation and fertilization, and integrated pest management. Managed, educated, and instructed a crew of four to six cultivators daily. Oct 2015 – Apr 2016.

 

Cultivator. Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center. Newport, Rhode Island.

Interim employment before beginning of graduate school. Responsible for propagation, germination, and genetic selection. Designed and implemented automated irrigation systems. Advised Director of Horticulture in design of facility expansion project, development of standard operating procedures, and integrated pest management protocol. Oct 2016 – Jan 2017.

 

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:

 

Farm & Greenhouse Stays. Colorado, Oregon, Washington. Summer 2016.

Visited and worked with licensed Cannabis farms in three states. Shared knowledge and experiences, designed farm elements, planned crop scheduling, implemented IPM programs, observed a variety of soil and crop management practices, constructed greenhouse facilities, irrigation reservoirs, and relevant equipment.

 

Caregiver. Registered RIMMC.

Cultivator of high-CBD medical Cannabis for patients with debilitating conditions. Cultivation practices based on agricultural soil management techniques. Vendor to Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center. Fall 2013 – June 2016.

 

Grower-Consultant.

Provided expertise and wrote content for highly competitive medical Cannabis commercial cultivation license application in PA. Involvement included cultivation methodology, nutrients and growing practices, integrated pest management practices, waste management, and sustainability. Permit approved by state in August 2018.

 

Education

Jan 2017-Jan 2019 M.S. at The University of Vermont

Plant & Soil Science

Oct 2017 Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine at The University of Vermont

Larner School of Medicine

May 2015 B.S. at The University of Rhode Island

Environmental Horticulture