Zachery Carr is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. In addition to his college education, Zachery has nearly 10 years hands on growing experience in both retail and commercial industries.
Since 2011 Zachery has worked for Growers Supply specializing in greenhouse design and sales, which has furthered his extensive industry experience and knowledge base.
“Sales can be a complicated puzzle. All of the pieces have to fit. I enjoy getting to know each customer, learning about their goals and teaching them about our product. If all of the pieces fit you have a solution, and that is what I am all about.
I enjoy designing greenhouse systems that utilize higher levels of greenhouse technology including programmable logic controllers, energy curtains, proportional vents, high efficiency heating systems and supplemental lighting systems. The bigger the puzzle the greater the reward and learning experience.”
Will Kacheris gained his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Operations Management from the University of Florida with a focus in production systems. From there, Will studied at the University of Arizona graduate program to attain his master’s degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. His thesis research focused in high density hydroponic systems and developing new economic models for the new industry. Before and during college, Will worked at several commercial greenhouses over eight years growing hydroponic, aquaponic and soil based vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants.
With Growers Supply, Will has been involved in projects ranging in size from the hobby level to full commercial build outs.
“It feels great to get new growers out in the field with the right equipment, the right plans, the right structure and, most importantly, to give them the information to help them feel confident in their new venture. The greenhouse industry has changed so much in the years that I have been involved in it, and I am very excited to see where it goes in terms of new technology and efficiency.”
After getting hands-on experience with local farmers and CSA programs in Bethany, Connecticut, Gabe DeRosa began his formal education at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Gabe was drawn to the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources due to his passion in sustainable food production and controlled environment agriculture. Gabe lived and worked as a Student Farmer at UConn’s Spring Valley Student Farm for 4 years, while also conducting research trials at the Plant Science Research Farm down the road. Additionally, he had the fantastic opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy during his final year at UConn, where he was enrolled in a Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems program for four months. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Gabe started working at Grower’s Supply as a Greenhouse Specialist.
“I’m always on the lookout for new opportunities to help individuals and communities to create long-lasting, sustainable farming systems that utilize innovative technology. Every grower has a unique set of goals that they are looking to achieve with a new greenhouse project, and it’s my passion to help them realize their goals by sharing my knowledge and offering solutions. In the end, everyone can be proud of the project they’ve accomplished together, and that makes me smile.”