The Beyond Microgreens Story
Attending Calvin University brought him to Michigan, where he studied communications and business. He's from a family of sales professionals, so a sales career seemed to be a natural fit for him.
Upon graduating in 2008, Stephen started a 10-year career in software sales selling enterprise solutions to companies across the US. It was a great job and he excelled at it, though he felt like there was more he could do for others. In a time of reflection, he found that he wanted to give back and help lower peoples’ anxiety and improve their overall health.
Travelling to Peru, he was surprised to see how happy, healthy and connected to nature the indigenous people lived. Finding himself renewed personally and professionally, he returned to the states with a new mission – to connect people with powerful plants to help fill the nutritional gaps in their diet.
Turning his Colorado apartment into a hydroponic farm, he began growing all types of herbs and leafy greens, and that’s when he stumbled upon the unexplored power of microgreens.
Microgreens are a phase in the plant's life when it’s about 10-14 days old. This is when a plant is the most concentrated with all of the good things like – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other medicinal compounds, like sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a powerful antioxidant and activator of many biological pathways, like Nrf2.
Seeing a need to get more nutrients into our western diets, Stephen moved to the mountains, near the ski resorts and started a hydroponic farm selling microgreens to high-end resorts, restaurants and at farmers markets.
In order to improve their shelf life, he began freeze-drying and mixing them in with different products and sampling at local farmers markets. The most popular product was loose leaf teas and in November of 2018, Microtea was born. Moving to Boulder, Colorado, which is the Silicon Valley of the natural products industry, he was able to make more connections and garner support that helped him launch more nutritious and delicious products.
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Ultimately, Stephen is on a mission to increase the consumption and education of powerful plants like microgreens to improve the health and wellness of society at large.