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Ash Newland - Scrubbin' up a treat!

Ash Newland - Scrubbin' up a treat!

Ash Newland is the founder of the Scrubba wash bag - dubbed as the world's smallest washing machine for travel and camping. He leads a small team in Melbourne, Australia, who have helped hundreds of thousands of people travel clean, light and free with the Scrubba wash bag. A supporter of greening the urban environment for many years, Ash has Glowpears both at Scrubba HQ and in his own backyard. 

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Don Applebee - Living the dream!

Don Applebee - Living the dream!

Don Applebee is 65 years old and has always been a keen gardener. Raised on a dairy farm with an agricultural secondary education Don had a green thumb from an early age. He is presently working in the spare parts Industry for trucks and light commercial vehicles, so as you'd expect this guy is pretty handy.  

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Serena Lee and Geert Hendrix - Farmtrepreneurs

Serena Lee and Geert Hendrix - Farmtrepreneurs

Geert Hendrix and Serena Lee are not your typical farmers, yet they may be archetypes for agricultural professionals of the future. The pair devised the innovative start-up Farmwall, a small-scale indoor farm offering for restaurants and cafes that allows chefs to grow and harvest their own herbs and microgreens in a space the size of a bookcase.

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Ellia Guy - Future Wilding

Ellia Guy - Future Wilding

Ellia Guy has always been most comfortable outdoors. That is possibly a legacy of spending most of her childhood playing outside climbing trees, exploring the myriad of creeks around where she grew up and in the garden. Ellia now runs Future Wild, a business that envisions our cities transformed into a verdant mosaic of native habitat patches and edible gardens. 

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Charity Teoh Buldt - Northcote Native

Charity Teoh Buldt - Northcote Native

After spending several years studying and working in the Netherlands in incorporating sustainability into product innovation, Charity Teoh Buldt returned to Melbourne to start a family. With the busyness of juggling work and family commitments, sustainability can be hard to implement. A good start has been to expose her kids to edible gardens as early as possible, hence she chose to use Glowpear Urban Gardens.

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Jamie Cunningham - Nashville Nights

Jamie Cunningham - Nashville Nights

Nashville is fast becoming a go-to food destination in the US, and Jamie Cunningham is at the forefront of the revolution. A leading light in the US coffee industry, Jamie Cunningham has nearly 10 years of experience developing commercial culinary ventures and programs for the Barista Guild of America. Jamie's latest venture is a restaurant, bar and coffee bean roastery,  Stay Golden Restaurant & Roastery, features a full-service restaurant complete with coffee and cocktail bar, an onsite coffee bean roastery, a private event space and hydroponic gardens.

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Indira Naidoo - The Edible Balcony

Indira Naidoo - The Edible Balcony

Indira Naidoo is no stranger to the spotlight. She has been a familiar face delivering news and current affairs on Australian television for years. After developing an interest in sustainability working with the UN and Al Gore, the Sydneysider found a new green outlet to use to engage with her audience.

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Steven Knurr - Green'n Down the House

Steven Knurr - Green'n Down the House

Our Glowpearian this quarter is Madison based Steven Knurr. Steven is in marketing at a Wisconsin technology consulting firm focusing on  healthcare, retail, and manufacturing sectors.

Using his creative talents Steven developed an impressive urban greenhouse that is technology driven. It blends seamlessly with his 'up and coming' neighbourhood, where 'pour over' coffee, fixed geared bikes, and backyard chicken coups are the norm. 

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Sara Gasbarra – Leading the Revolution

Sara Gasbarra – Leading the Revolution

Chicago native, Sara Gasbarra, is the founder of Verdura, a full service culinary garden design company working with hotels, restaurants, cafes and businesses all over the US.

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Jon Kingston – Sydney King

Jon Kingston – Sydney King

Jon Kingston describes himself as a 'free range urban horticulturalist'.

He spends his time designing, installing and maintaining balcony and roof top garden spaces around Sydney, Australia.

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