A thirst for knowledge
Pinzón, who studied agronomy and crop science in his home country of Colombia, first read Plant Empowerment’s seminal book, Plant Empowerment, The Basic Principles in 2019 whilst completing a two-year internship for the tomato producer Intergrow (now Sungrow Farms) in New York state in the US. He expects to return to Sungrow in the summer of 2024 when he’s finished his studies.
By all accounts, Pinzón is a busy bee. He is currently both working as a grower for Tomeco and studying for an Executive MBA in Food and Agribusiness at Wageningen University & Research and TIAS School for Business and Society.
He says: “At Intergrow, I started out as an intern and became an assistant grower. I realised that the head grower’s level of knowledge was pretty high compared to mine. So, I started looking at what I could learn and that’s when I came across the Plant Empowerment, The Basic Principles book. Then afterward, I joined a ten-session online course ‘The power of integrated solutions’.”
He adds: “Once you’ve read the Plant Empowerment book you have that knowledge but of course it’s always good to refresh and update your understanding of the Plant Empowerment principles. And as grower you also need to know how to apply that knowledge in real life. So, I came to Europe specifically to learn all I can about growing – and I’m doing that in an area that has the highest number of commercial glasshouse growers in the world.”
As part of his quest for knowledge, Pinzón therefore attended the Plant Empowerment Summer School to refresh his understanding of, and learn how to better apply, the Plant Empowerment principles. “Attending the Plant Empowerment Summer School is one of the best ways in which, as a grower, you can reinvent yourself, because you’re updating your knowledge in the best possible way.”