Scott’s fascination with plants and interest in gardening began in childhood when, at eight years old, he successfully grew pole beans in the crook of a black walnut tree where years of humus-rich leaf mold had collected. That experience began his lifelong curiosity and interest in why, where and how plants grow. Scott’s formal horticultural education began in high school where he studied plant propagation and greenhouse technology for two and a half years. Following graduation, he earned a Certificate of Completion in Ornamental Horticulture from the Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute and became a Master Gardener through the Cooperative Extension Program of Washington State University. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture at Washington State University (with an emphasis in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition) and to complete Master’s level, tissue-culture coursework to deepen his knowledge of how plants grow on a cellular level. Over the last 20 years, Scott has broadened his functional understanding of horticulture and the horticultural industry through his work as a grower in addition to working in management at a dozen commercial greenhouses throughout Europe, Central American and the United States.
In 1989, Scott founded his wholesale facility, Windy Meadow Nursery. He continued to explore the world of soil science and was soon producing healthy crops without using customary fungicides. He consistently grew robust plants with multiple side branches and heavy yields. Scott’s wholesale customers continue to be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the plants and often comment that they are always the first to sell. INTREPID products have evolved through extensive trials at Windy Meadow, which now serves as home to the Center for Holistic Advanced Organic Studies Ltd., (C.H.A.O.S. Limited) the research and development arm of the INTREPID product line as well as the trial ground for product development.
Each year, many thousands of seedlings and cuttings from hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and bulb crops are tested and evaluated. Until recently, many of the biological ingredients used in INTREPID products have only been available to the agricultural community. C.H.A.O.S. Ltd. tests and evaluates the many beneficial and naturally occurring organisms on the market today to determine their compatibility and persistence in the environment.
INTREPID products create a true soil matrix containing multiple strains of soil microorganisms that combine to produce a living, synergistic soil. No genetically modified organisms are used in any INTREPID products. Scott’s most current project has been involvement in the inception of organic hothouse tomato production in British Columbia, Canada.