Jeffrey Orkin - owner
Jeffrey's passion for growing indoors began in 2008 when he lived in a condo in the heart of downtown Nashville. At the time, he was a Landscape Architect for Gresham Smith and Partners and was committed to infusing sustainability into everything he did. Jeffrey wanted to grow his own food, but living in a downtown condo meant he had to improvise. After some research, he learned that he could grow produce indoors and without soil using hydroponics. For a few years, Jeffrey experimented with growing food in his window until he discovered an unused utility room on the roof of his building. In 2012, he launched a Kickstarter to help fund his R&D arm know as Urban Hydro Project to build a hydroponic system in the utility closet.
After 16 months of R&D, he decided to take his hobby to the next level and rented the 6,000 sf warehouse that now houses Greener Roots Farm. Jeffrey and his wife, along with Andy and various other friends, built the entire farm from the ground up. In July of 2014, Greener Roots Farm planted its first seeds, and Nashville's first commercial scale vertical farm was born.
Jeffrey has degrees in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Contracting, and a MBA with a sustainability concentration. When not growing lettuce indoors, Jeffrey enjoys gardening, hanging out with his dogs, and exploring Nashville's unbelievable food scene.
Andy Balazs - lead grower
Andy joined the team as an intern in 2014, and put in countless hours of hard work before taking the reigns as the farm manager. He ensures all of daily growing operations are running smoothly and manages all of the day to day harvest, packing, and production task.
He originally hails from Indiana and has a BA in Math and a BS in Physics.
Dan Trevathan - Assistant Grower
Dan joined the farm team in 2016 and is an integral part of the daily harvest, packing, sanitation and growing operations.
He has an undergraduate degree in business and a minor in music production.