40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Brian Austin


Dutch Heritage Gardens

Job Title

Head Grower


  • Built a large scale, direct stick/sow program (more than 1 million cuttings per year) that greatly reduced annual personnel needs as a solution to labor shortage in the region.
  • Greatly improved company sustainability and cost effectiveness by replacing perlite with beetle-killed pine sawdust and developing an LED boom lighting program.


Wild Reading: Brian’s favorite book is “White Fang” by Jack London. “It vividly describes the challenges of love and life through the simple, yet complex, perspective of a wolf.”

Fun Facts

Which One Came First? In addition to his day job, Brian loves to raise chickens and has a side business selling eggs.