Tommy Vermeir

Growing Manager

Tommy joined us in 2019 as a Farm Operative. He has always been a passionate environmentalist, having worked in sustainable design, hydroponics, effluent treatment and biodynamic farming, so ZCF is the perfect fit.

He is a passionate horticulturalist with RHS certifications and particular interests in hydroponics, biodynamic agriculture and viticulture. An Italian/Belgian national, Tommy loves to eat and is always looking for innovations and new experiences in food production.

As our Growing Manager, a typical day sees Tommy walking the crop to ensure it is in peak condition, as well as checking that the environment and irrigation water are both optimum for crop growth. A lot of his time is spent looking at yield data and sales projections to ensure we are growing enough product to fulfil all orders, whilst minimising waste.

“Working at ZCF helps me to deepen my understanding and practical skills with regards controlled environment agriculture and horticulture. I think of our work as a custodian relationship, intimately connected to the crops from their propagation to their harvest. I enjoy watching them grow and noticing differences in growth as their environment and conditions change very slightly.”

Interesting Facts

  • Loves playing snooker
  • Speaks loads of languages
  • Favourite food is burritos!
  • Favourite micro is fennel: "When the true leaf comes through they look like mini palm trees!"
  • Currently listening to Suzie's Funeral by Santi
  • Favourite film is Catch Me If You Can
  • President of the Celine Dion UK fan club

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