Chris Thoreau started growing microgreens at home in 1999 and commercially in 2006. In 2008 he founded My Urban Farm which incorporated into the The Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative in 2013. The Food Pedalers grew a wide range of microgreens which they delivered throughout Vancouver by bicycle.
Through his time with the Food Pedalers Chris developed multiple production systems which he now shares with others through his online microgreens courses. In 2019, he released one of the World’s first microgreens crop planners which has acted as the prototype for SeedLeaf.
Chris holds a BSc. in Agroecology and is a professional agrologist in British Columbia, Canada.
But it’s not all about microgreens! Chris also produces vegetable seed and grows wide range of crops in his home garden. When he’s not growing food, you can often find Chris running on the North Shore’s mountain trails.
Joel Skrepnek is a software developer based in Victoria, BC. Joel studied Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and has previously worked at Electronic Arts, SiteDocs and PayByPhone. Joel joined KOHO Financial as an early employee and today leads the development of KOHO’s iOS and Android applications. His path to this point has taken lots of interesting twists and turns.
Joel returned to school in 2005 and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Education from Vancouver Island University. He taught at all school levels from busy Kindergartens to the production of a high school play, and many experiences in between.
Complementing his work as a developer, Joel has also spent plenty of time in the field. Between 2006 and 2013, he and his wife owned and operated Osprey Organic Farm, a small certified organic farm in the South Okanagan and then later the Fraser Valley. They grew a wide variety of premium vegetables for sale at local markets and as part of a 30 member CSA box program. In the Fraser Valley, the farm was part of the Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm, and Joel contributed to many key initiatives including a barn raising and water systems.