Cultivators, a Netherlands-based consulting company, has always been investing in young talents through internships for students from the Wageningen University (WUR), for instance, and other institutions. “This provides valuable new insights for the interns, Cultivators and our partners in the industry,” the Cultivators team explains. “And now our newest addition to the team, Mexx Holweg actually started with an internship at the beginning of this year. Mexx just graduated at WUR on Plant Sciences (Greenhouse Horticulture) and now is a valuable member of our ambitious team.”
“During my internship of seven months I primarily worked towards optimization of propagation of medicinal cannabis through stem cuttings,” Mexx recounts. “The rooting trials were conducted at Wageningen University & Research in collaboration with two industry partners active in lighting and substrate. Next to this, Cultivators guided me in becoming a horticultural specialist since they provided me the opportunity to be involved in different interesting projects. For example, I joined my colleagues in meetings with clients, supported them on conducting market analysis, developing modules for trainings, and participated in the monthly technical meetings with the team of international consultants. Since I was also interested to gain ‘growers experience’, Cultivators facilitated to become a greenhouse assistant at one of the biggest herb growers of the Netherlands. With the consultancy support of Cultivators, I could bring theory into practice!”
Such opportunities for young talents can be especially important to bridge the gap between academia and work in the field. “During my internship at Cultivators, I learned about the importance of practical implications of research and on how to conduct business,” he continues. “Since I came from an academic background, I had to make steps in translating information and research data into of practical and commercial use. After successfully concluding my internship, I had the opportunity to develop myself further at Cultivators as a Cultivation Consultant for both hydroponic lettuce and cannabis. I sincerely believe that I made big steps and many more to come during my career!”
And now that the internship is over, Mexx has joined the ranks of cannabis experts, but also more. “With my new position at Cultivators, I will focus in assisting my colleagues in cannabis and hydroponic lettuce projects. The coming period I will be looking forward to further grow as a horticultural specialist by focusing on mainly these two crops.
Although the team is rapidly expanding at Cultivators, I feel I am supported by my colleagues and I get all the opportunities to advance myself and the company. It is nice to work so directly with a strong team and I am interested to see what the future brings.”
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