Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Strawberry Fields
Richard Kwesell co-founded Strawberry Fields and Heartland Industries along with his brother, Mike Kwesell, in 2009. Kwesell oversees all business development, cultivation and production, development of internal controls, staff training and education, internal compliance, security protocols, commercial grow room design, development setup, safe transportation methods, and integrated pest management (IPM) program design for the company. In 2021, Strawberry Fields is currently achieving organization-wide sales of approximately $35M with just under 250 employees spread across multiple entities in four states. Kwesell designed, built and currently operates a 90,000 square-foot fully automated greenhouse, and currently operates one recreational infused-products lab producing seven down-stream consumer packaged goods (CPG) product lines. He has also worked in commercial agriculture on a farm in northern Israel as part of an overseas students program (OSP).