All it takes is one seed...
The idea for Westside Urban Gardens started while Nate was a junior studying Business at American Jewish University. It was through learning about the history of water usage in Southern California and the current impact agriculture in California’s Central Valley was having on the state’s ecology.
The day after graduation, Westside Urban Gardens was started, with the first crop of microgreens being harvested two weeks later. In perusing viable outlets for change in local agricultural techniques, Nate spent the summer after receiving his Bachelors in Denver, Colorado at the Veteran’s to Farmer’s Controlled Environment Agriculture course at Rebel Farms. After completing the program, further study led him to focus on aquaponic cultivation methods. Nate went on to complete a three-month internship at Ouroboros Aquaponic Farms, a commercial aquaponic farm located in Half Moon Bay, California.
Nate had been featured as a veteran farmer on the “Lydia Celebrates America” program on PBS as well as LA Fox Morning News. He has been a guest speaker for USDA, at the Cultivating Change Summit, FoodTank Summit, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and Indoor AgCon.
Nate currently consults controlled environment agriculture start-ups, speaks publicly about intersectionality and diversity in agriculture, in addition to building building Aquaponic and soil-based backyard farms.