Youngplants and Propagation

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Your Youngplants Team

Led by Head Grower Diego Martinez, our Youngplants Team serves as an extension of your nursery. As your partner, we make sure you receive clean, healthy, well-rooted plants that perform. This allows you to focus on meeting your production and sales goals for your customers. We’re investing continuously in facilities, technology, lean process improvements and in our highly skilled growing team because it creates real value and results for you, our partners.

Diego Martinez

Diego Martinez

Head Grower, Youngplants Division

Since joining Van Belle from Ecuador, where he operated a cut flower export business, Diego has led the way for our Youngplants Unit to get to where it is today. Skilled in pest management and greenhouse growing, Diego’s expertise and innovative leadership continues to raise the quality of the product and team. He continues to push the boundaries at Van Belle, producing better and better plants for our customers.

diego@vanbelle.com

Pablo Aleman

Pablo Aleman

Assistant Grower, Youngplants

Before joining our Youngplants team in early 2017, Pablo was the Agricultural Manager for a large vegetable producer/exporter in Ecuador, where he managed all aspects of production from fertilization and phytosanitary programs to quality assurance. After graduating with his Agricultural Science Degree, Pablo spent a year at a New York nursery learning each step of the product chain, from cuttings to retailing. As our Youngplants unit grows, skilled growers like Pablo will help our production continue its pursuit of the highest quality known in horticulture.

pablo.aleman@vanbelle.com

Barinia Soledad Vivanco Gálvez

Barinia Soledad Vivanco Gálvez

Propagation Supervisor

Barinia brings her Agronomics education and experience in propagation and food safety management to our Youngplants production team. Before leaving her home country of Ecuador in early 2017, she was Propagation Chief at cut flower grower, Royal Flowers S.A. where she was responsible for a team that produced two million roses per year. Barinia’s expertise and passion for quality make her a valuable asset to our team and align with our goal to produce the highest quality youngplants in North America.

barinia.vivanco@vanbelle.com

Alberto Reinoso

Alberto Reinoso

Assistant Grower, Youngplants

Before joining Van Belle Nursery in 2016, Alberto earned education and experience throughout the Americas. Formally educated in Agricultural Engineering, Strategic Sales Management, he also has a Master’s Degree in Plant Nutrition. Alberto’s fifteen years experience in the agricultural sector spans many fields, including agricultural technology & R&D, manufacturing and marketing, advising crop production, and nutritional management of ornamental plants for greenhouse production. To top it off, Alberto is also a member of the Ecuadorian Society of Soil Sciences.

alberto.reinoso@vanbelle.com

Valerie Sikkema

Valerie Sikkema

Production Planning & Government Compliance

Valerie has played an important and continuously changing role since joining Van Belle in 2006, and is currently responsible for production planning and government programs (including the Canadian Nursery Certification Program). She grew up at a garden centre in Orangeville, Ontario, graduated with a B.Sc.(Agr.) in horticulture from the University of Guelph, and a B.Ed. in science teaching from the University of Western Ontario. Valerie acts as a resource for all aspects of production at Van Belle Nursery.

valerie@vanbelle.com

Dedicated Account Reps

With exclusive account reps, you have a direct connection to your plants and propagation partner. They’re working constantly with our production team to check progress, and if you need to know what your crop looks like, they’re happy to go take a picture for you! It’s that kind of service and connection to your product that provides you the confidence you deserve.

Adam Underwood

Adam Underwood

Business Development

adam@vanbelle.com

Bill Heinrichs

Bill Heinrichs

Account Representative

bill.heinrichs@vanbelle.com

Nicole Touchette

Nicole Touchette

Account Representative

nicole@vanbelle.com

Scott Erickson

Scott Erickson

Sales and Logistics

scott@vanbelle.com

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