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New grow director added to the R&D team

Plenty announced the appointment of Gerardo Navarro Spamer to Grow Director. In this role, Gerardo will manage Plenty’s grow teams in both San Francisco and Compton, California, while working closely with R&D and Farm DevOps teams to optimize all aspects of plant growth. 

“Gerardo is a fantastic addition to our team, as he has spent his career managing highly technical indoor growing environments,” said Nate Storey, co-founder and chief science officer at Plenty.

“Our Compton farm will be the highest-output indoor vertical farm, which is something that has never been done before. We are excited to utilize his expertise as we revolutionize agriculture and ensure Plenty consistently delivers produce at peak flavor and nutrition.”

Before joining Plenty, Spamer managed technical, production and operational greenhouse activities in the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Mexico. He served as agricultural engineer at Windset Farms in California, where he managed over 30 acres of highly technified hydroponic greenhouses. Previous experience includes Naturesweet,  EuroFresh and Pepsico International.

“Plenty’s mission to improve the lives of people, plants and the planet is one that resonates with me,” said Spamer. “I have spent my career helping to improve growing conditions at farms all over the world and I believe everyone should have the same access to healthy, flavorful food.  I am excited to work with the teams at Plenty to help bring their vision to life in Compton and in future farms.” 

Gerardo received his Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from Monterrey Tech in Mexico and his Master of Science in vegetable production from the University of Almeria in Spain. 

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