Founder

Jeffrey Tucker, BSc, JD

Mr. Tucker, along with Richard Zietz, formed BPE Marketing and Consulting Services LLC in 2011 to invest in Blue Planet Environmental. Contemporaneous with the investment, BPE entered into a marketing services agreement to advance the sales and marketing efforts of Blue Planet. From 1987 through the present Mr. Tucker was a shareholder of Fairfield Greenwich Limited, a provider of various hedge fund services. From 1977-1987 he practiced law in private practice and for a federal agency. Mr. Tucker holds a BSc Degree from Syracuse University (1966) and a JD Degree from Brooklyn Law School (1969). Mr. Tucker is also owner of Stonebridge Farm which operates two hydroponic greenhouses.

Director of Business Development

Henry Gordon-Smith, BA, MSc

Henry is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. Henry has an international upbringing that contributes to a global perspective and a unique ability to adapt to change. He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, a certificate in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. He is also founder of the popular blog Agritecture.com which serves as a platform for his commitment to the sustainable development of building-integrated agriculture. Henry currently serves as a board member for the Association for Vertical Farming.

Lead Systems Design

Andrew Carter, BSc

Andrew earned his BSc in Environmental Sciences and Ecological Design from the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont. He specializes in hydroponic production and systems design, but finds himself working on projects related to almost all aspects of urban agriculture, especially in New York City, where he currently lives. Andrew is interested in emerging technologies and growing methods in the farming space, and sees robotics, software integration, and controlled environments as the way of the future.

Client Management and Sustainability Coordinator

Yara Nagi, BSc

Yara gained an interest in sustainable agriculture from her work experience in the Middle East. She has lived in between the United States and the MENA-GCC Region, working on developing programming aimed to spread sustainability practices within organizations and educational institutions. Yara holds a BSc in Environmental Health, with a double minor in Education and Public Health, from the American University of Beirut and is currently pursuing a MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Lead Researcher

Orion Ashmore, BSc, MPO

Orion became passionate about vertical farming from pursuing a better understanding of design and its role in shaping society. With a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Nevada and an MSc in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Washington, he wants to use his interdisciplinary capabilities to help shape urban environments and more sustainable food sources.. In addition to two years of clinical experience, Orion has volunteered at numerous urban farms around the country, worked at a plant nursery in Seattle, and served as a summer intern to The Association for Vertical Farming in NYC.

Engineer

Jeffrey Landau, BSc

Jeffrey obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech he completed a one-year Co-Op with Delta Air Lines and volunteered extensively with urban agricultural non-profit organizations in Atlanta. In Australia, he further participated in WWOOFING and developed a keen interest in solving current and future food production problems. His engineering skills together with his experience are indicative of his ambition to design sustainable vertical farms in cities and food deserts. He is currently working as a researcher and analyst with The Association for Vertical Farming.

West Coast Representative

David Ceaser, BA

David has a passion for problem solving urban agriculture projects and icreasing their efficiency. He has more than 15 years of experience working in numerous types of agriculture as well as more than 5 years in both education and real estate. His knowledge ranges from big picture items such as sustainability to fine details such as nutrient management and permitting projects. David has an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, a BA in environmental studies with a focus on agroecology from University of California at Santa Cruz and a certificate in horticulture from Merritt College. He has lived and worked in numerous countries. He owns and operates Green Skies Vertical Farm, an urban farm growing herbs and salad greens, which uses both soil and hydroponic growing methods.

Greenhouse Manager

Michael Suter, BSc

Michael earned his BSc in Commercial Crop Production from Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania. He specializes in greenhouse production and hydroponics and has experience growing both ornamentals and edible crops. Michael resides in the Saratoga area and is the head grower/manager of the hydroponic greenhouses at Stonebridge Farm.

Facilities Manager

Ron Mattia, BA

Ron Mattia has been with Stone Bridge Farm since 2003. He maintains the facilities, land, and equipment for the 3 parcels comprising Stone Bridge Farm. Ron, a State University of New York at Cortland graduate, has a BA degree in Sculpture and Design. His sculptures have been exhibited up and down the East Coast. Prior to his tenure at Stone Bridge, he spent 8 years as a project manager for a successful landscape and horticulture business. Ron has been an integral part of the design, build, and maintenance of the Farm. He is a heavy equipment operator and has expertise in excavating, drainage and erosion control. Ron's greenhouse experience includes; layout, construction, hydroponic plumbing and irrigation.