Director of Research / Cannabis Market Development Lead, Suståne Natural Fertilizer Inc
Dr. Brian Gardener’s career has focused on developing organic and biologically-based inputs that promote plant growth and health. After receiving his Ph.D. in Botany at Michigan State University, he went to work with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and then The Ohio State University where his interests in sustainable farming led him towards ever more active engagement with the organic farming community in Ohio and beyond. He rose to the rank of Full Professor and Director of the Organic Food, Farming, Education and Research program. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, invented several new and patented products, and helped launch and grow bio product companies. Never forgetting the needs and interests of growers, he has authored outreach articles and presented numerous seminars for the organic farming community. He has twenty years of relevant experience designing, implementing, and analyzing research projects in variety growing environments on diverse crops. He has assisted growers with developing fertility and pest management programs for legal cannabis production in three different states. He currently serves as Director of Research and Development for Suståne Natural Fertilizer, Inc., a leading manufacturer of organic and natural fertilizers based in Cannon Falls, MN. There he has expanded the company’s products and services to increase plant yields and improve soil quality; profitably, sustainably, and organically.