Managing Director, Graeme Smith Consulting
Hydroponic Vegetable Grower – 9 years growing crops in controlled greenhouse production system in Woodend, Victoria. 1989 – 2007.
Hydroponic Farmers Federation Inc – Foundation Secretary from 1995 Committee Member 2005 – 2015. Life Member 2014.
Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association Inc – Committee member in 1995 and national president 1999 – 2010.
Protected Cropping Australia – Chairman 2010 – 2012, Board member 2013 – 2015. Life Member 2012.
Graeme Smith Consulting –formed in 1998 to offer system and crop consultancy services to new and existing growers across Australia.
The company has developed full training package in commercial hydroponic crop production.
Facilitated a 5-year plan for the development and delivery of a skills training package for all industry growers across Australia.
Developed and delivered national workshops to assist greenhouse growers to convert to full nutrient recycling (closed) systems.
Company facilitates greenhouse study tours of Europe & North America, encouraging growers to assess firsthand new and emerging technologies and how to integrate into their existing systems.
Performs detailed feasibility studies including climate and financial studies for new and existing enterprises (inc ROI & EBIT), including most of the larger commercial systems throughout Australia.
Has completed 45+ greenhouse projects around Australia ranging from 180m2 to 160,000m2 (16ha)
Multiple projects in India (5) and China (3) encompassing traditional greenhouse systems, aquaponics, vertical farms, automation, training and novel crops (inc. ginger and turmeric, etc)
Graeme is a Certified Practicing Agriculturist (CPAg) and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST).
Graeme is Chairman of ISHS Working Group – ‘Hydroponics and Aquaponics’ and Vice Chair of ISHS Division – Protected Cultivation and Soilless Culture