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Box Greens in the News

 

Imagine growing 500 heads of lettuce every week in a space smaller than your backyard. That's what Box Greens is doing with hydroponics.

Read the Full Miami New Times Article

Box Greens Hydroponics Brings Farm-in-a-Box Concept to Miami

Bold Business interviewed Lisa Merkle, the Co-Founder of Box Greens, at the Synapse Summit regarding the future of indoor farming.

Read the Full Bold Business Article

Indoor Farming: Solving Global Food Security Challenges

Box Greens has just announced a partnership with Olivia Wong of Fullei Fresh, a long-time sprout grower.

Read the full Edible South Florida Article

Box Greens Inside Jobs

Meet the Founding Farmers

 

Cheryl Arnold

Co-Founder

cheryl@boxgreens.com

Originally a teacher in Carol City, Cheryl ultimately landed in business development. After successfully launching a tech company, she followed her passion for produce, and in 2010 started a produce distribution company (www.endlesslyorganic.com) that was sold in 2015. Cheryl has also represented Miami's wellness community at several round-tables and discussion panels. She has appeared on Money Matters, in The Miami Herald, and in Ocean Drive Magazine.

As a principal, Cheryl's responsibilities included:

  • 6 full-time employees

  • Over 200 locations

  • 3 last-mile trucks

  • 2 feeder trucks

  • Offsite packing 

  • Local cross-dock

  • Community outreach, including Consortium for a Healthier Miami Dade, Baptist Wellness, MDPS Wellness

  • Co-Founded Women and Wellness

  • Successful internship program, including marketing and food education

Cheryl is looking forward to combining her talents in Tech, Farming, & Community Wellness.

Photo taken during a site visit at Freight Farms in Boston, MA

Lisa Merkle

Co-Founder

lisa@boxgreens.com

The genesis of Box Greens marks a homecoming for Lisa. She returns to Miami after 17 years in New York City where she launched an event production and lifestyle design studio. After becoming certified as a yoga teacher and a Holistic health Coach she carved out a reputation as an expert in lifestyle deign to serve clients associating with health and wellness trends. In addition to full scale event production, Lisa regularly provided services that included curriculum development, program curation, press events, product launches and panel discussions. Prior to launching her own business, she spent a decade as Studio Manager at the production studio of photographer Bruce Weber. 

As an Event Producer Lisa is skilled in project management, budget development & management and creative problem solving - ultimately manifesting vision into reality. While working on retainer with Agency clients, Lisa cultivated a passion for marketing, brand development and public relations. Certified as a Holistic Health Coach, she is experienced in leading health supportive cooking classes and facilitating group sessions on developing habits of healthy lifestyle. 

Box Greens is the culmination of experience, passion and the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community.

Olivia Wong

Co-Founder

Few Miami natives can boast that they “Grew up on a Farm.” Olivia is one of them. Her grandfather began growing Bean Sprouts in 1938, and passed his passion and knowledge down to her father, Manny Wong, who continued the tradition by launching Fullei Fresh over 40 years ago. Now one of the largest sprout growers in the United States and a pioneer in Food Safety, Miami’s first and largest indoor farm is where Olivia spent her summers learning innovative hydroponic and indoor farming techniques and business acumen.


Upon graduating from the University of Miami, a life-long love of photography and film lead Olivia to the Production Industry as a Location Scout and Manager. There, she honed skills like planning, negotiation and running a small business and brought those skills back home to Fullei Fresh.


From 2010-2018, Olivia was the Owner/CEO of Fullei Specialty, an Asian produce distribution company. Throughout that tenure, Olivia also guided Fullei Fresh in sales and branding, and oversaw the financials and operations. With a strong intrinsic drive toward entrepreneurship, Olivia is now ready to take her expertise and put it in a box. She looks forward to a day when food does not have to travel the globe, and we can get all of the fresh produce that we need from urban farms in our own backyard. And she knows that Box Greens can help us all to fulfill that dream.

Dale LoSasso

Chef/Restaurant Advisor

info@boxgreens.com

As a Restaurant/Hotel Consultant Dale has worked with some of our favorites; Casa Tua Cucina, Diplomat Prime, Point Royal, and Plant Food & Wine, Dale has collaborated with not only the very best chefs in South Florida, but some of the best chefs worldwide including such luminaries as Alfred Portale, Allen Susser, Geoffrey Zakarian and Andy D’Amico. Dale’s openings and relaunches include Monkitail, Diplomat Prime, Tempt in The Saint Hotel, Eleven Miami and Oolite. She is a former GM/Wine Director for some of the restaurants that have shaped the food landscape of Miami; among them, Solea at the W, Gotham Steak, North One 10 and Carmen the Restaurant. Dale and Lisa Merkle, Co-Founder of Box Greens first collaborated when they produced an Art Basel event during her tenure as Director of Food & Beverage for The Standard Spa. Her breadth of experience, notable relationships, and intimate knowledge of the restaurant industry make her a tremendous asset to our team. Dale has been featured for her wine programs in publications including The Wine Spectator, USA Today, John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet, Cheers Magazine and Bloomberg Report among others.
 

Dale is working hard to match Box Greens with like-minded Chefs and Restaurant Partners that will ensure the ultimate recipe for success. We are all looking forward to a delicious future together.

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