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Founding Partners

Prior to founding Garden First, Andreas spent five years in Colorado's cannabis industry working at virtually every stage of the cultivation cycle. By starting from the ground up, Andreas has a unique grasp of the realities of warehouse operations and employee satisfaction to bring with him to Garden First.

Andreas Hero was born in Switzerland and raised in Great Falls, Virginia. While receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Andreas began growing in his free time and his hobby eventually turned into a career. While working in the industry for several companies in Colorado for the past five years, Andreas became known for his analytical ability to dissect warehouse operations and established lean but effective improvements to optimize returns without compromising on quality.

Andreas met Garrett while working at local hardware store throughout high school and they instantly connected on their love for cannabis and shared outlook on how people should be treated. Andreas is an avid Redskins fan and follows sports closely in his free time.

Co-founder & Director of Operations 


Prior to co-founding and taking the role of lead horticulturist at Garden First Cannabis, Garrett was the Head of Cultivation for a startup medical dispensary in Colorado Springs. During his tenure, Garrett doubled the production space and efficiency at the grow facility.

Garrett Leon was born and raised in Great Falls, Virginia. After completing a Bachelors in Science from Colorado State University, with a double-major in Horticultural Crop Production and Soil Science, Garrett worked as an apprentice and eventually a manager for recreational and medical cannabis facilities in Colorado.

Beyond gardening, Garrett enjoys cooking, reading, live music, and hiking alongside his girlfriend Sabrina, a research assistant at Oregon State University's Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. 

Co-founder & Director of Cultivation 


Before joining Garrett and Andreas on this project, Darren was the Director of Business Processing for a startup fertilizer company, Key To Life. As is typical with a startup, Darren had the opportunity to wear many hats, learning business development, sales tactics, and financial management, as well as soil biology, the cannabis marketplace, and the highly profitable yet rapidly evolving world of cannabis nutrient sales.

Darren was born in Ohio and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Business with a degree in Finance, Darren has had an accomplished career working for multiple start-up enterprises. 

Darren’s passion for cannabis was fueled while playing an integral role in managing sales and bookkeeping for an organic fertilizer company in Colorado. Darren’s background and exuberance for building start-ups from thegroundup
have well-equipped him to handle our customer relations and financial management.  He moved to Oregon with his girlfriend Sarah and their dog Jordan. They love camping, hiking, cooking, and dancing. 

Co-Founder & Director of Sales and Administration


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