Michelle Opela
40 Under 40, Class of 2021

Michelle Opela


Costa Farms

Job Title

IPM Manager


  • Responsible for developing a biological integrated pest management program to reduce company’s chemical input and increase the use of beneficials.
  • As technical support manager, helped grow the company’s young plant division and developed technical support material.


Not Only Does She Grow Plants at Work: “When I get home from working with plants I hop into taking care of my 400+ plants and I love every bit of it.”

Fun Facts

A Regional Delicacy: Michelle’s favorite food is the pork belly and watermelon taco at White Duck Tacos. “If you ever find yourself in Asheville, North Carolina, this is a must try!”

An Appropriate Childhood Nickname: “My nickname growing up was ‘Bug’ and now I work
with bugs!”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.
Kait Barry
Susan Judd
Alex Kantor
Liz Hughes
Andrew Konicki
Kit Leider Pierri
Lauren Kirchner
Michelle Opela
Judson LeCompte

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