Eric Levesque

As the leading service company for the CEA (controlled environment agriculture) industry, we help simplify your entry by offering no-cost consultation and education in order to ensure that anyone purchasing a facility will be working with the right companies and technologies. We can also operate the facilities we deploy on short or long-term contracts to ensure their success.

Tell us about yourself?

I’ve always had a passion for being an entrepreneur and building things from the ground up. I was introduced to the space by my current business partner, and when I dug deeper into the issues of food security, land shortages, water scarcity, and population growth, it was clear that this would be my opportunity to make a meaningful change.

If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Don’t push too hard. Take your time and do your best. You will accomplish more if you aren’t so hard on yourself. Building a company has its ups and downs, and as entrepreneurs, sometimes we can get impatient when things don’t always go perfectly. Trust your process. Trust your team.

What problem does your business solve?

We educate and empower the next generation of new farmers. We, as a planet, have to grow more food in the next 50 years than we have in the last 10,000 combined. Being that indoor farming is so new, it’s hard for anyone looking to purchase a farm to understand which company they should work with and why. We save you time, money, and frustration by offering a risk-free approach to this.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

With this being such a new industry, it’s incredibly hard to enforce compliance. There are so many people looking to make a difference for the better by growing pesticide-free food locally where it’s needed most. We exist for the sole purpose of ensuring that anyone who works with us will have the absolute best chance of success. We have nearly 50 years of combined experience as growers, designers, manufacturers, and installers. Let us help you achieve your goals.

What is your magic sauce?

As one of the fastest-growing companies in Ag-Tech, we currently represent over 65 companies to ensure that we can help regardless of the scale or scope of a project. We are the leading consultants and brokers in the space and currently have no competition.

What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?

Over the next five years, we hope to grow Cultivatd in order to ensure more transparency and compliance. Every day, it becomes more apparent why a service like ours is so needed. The industry is hungry for expertise like ours to ensure that the huge influx of capital flooding into ag-tech doesn’t go to waste.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

We have had to scale back some of our offerings, such as our FaaS (Farming as a Service), due to the demand being greater than what our team can currently handle as we grow. It’s so important for us to invest resources into technology, education, and the advancement of this industry. The reception from the industry and the public has truly been amazing, and we will need to keep pressing to address all of the issues the planet is facing currently.

How can people get involved?

Anyone looking to learn more about the industry, whether you’re an existing farmer, newcomer to the industry, or investor – our team is standing by to help you with whatever problems you may be facing. We touch every part of CEA and would love to chat. You can reach out today at [email protected] or give us a call at +1-877-258-8283