Bowery Farming Appoints Newton Kalengamaliro to Role of Senior Agricultural Scientist

New York, NY – Bowery Farming (Bowery), the leader in sustainable indoor farming, announced today the appointment of Newton Kalengamaliro to the role of Senior Agricultural Scientist.  Kalengamaliro boasts over two decades of experience in plant breeding, physiology, biochemistry and product development, with a specific focus on the produce market. He joins Bowery as a senior leader on the Agricultural Science Team and will be tasked with optimizing yield and quality. 

“As we look ahead to the future of Bowery, we are confident that Newton will play a pivotal role in optimizing yield and quality,” said Susan MacIsaac, Bowery Farming’s Head of AgScience.  “We welcome him to the team and look forward to leveraging his  decades-long research and industry expertise.”

As a whole-plant physiologist/ecologist, Kalengamaliro has dedicated much of his career to studying how plants adapt to stress and developing strategies and tools that enhance plant resilience. Prior to joining Bowery, Kalengamaliro held positions at Philip Morris USA and British Petroleum. Most recently, he was Director of Driscoll’s on its Breeding and Variety Development team. Kalengamaliro is a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a MSc and PhD in crop physiology and later studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned an MBA.

“My sustained interest in business development, specifically, linking crop research findings to new business opportunities in the produce industry, perfectly aligns with Bowery’s current operations,” said Kalengamaliro. “I look forward to working alongside the Bowery team to stay at the forefront of research and development as it relates to produce and agtech.”

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Bowery is growing food for a better future by revolutionizing agriculture. Its modern farming company combines the benefits of the best local farms with advances made possible by technology to grow produce consumers can feel good about eating. BoweryOS, its proprietary software system, uses vision systems, automation technology, and machine learning to monitor plants and all the variables that drive their growth 24/7. Because Bowery controls the entire process from seed to store, its farms use zero pesticides, 95% less water, and are 100+ times more productive on the same footprint of land than traditional agriculture.

Bowery produce is currently available at select Whole Foods and Foragers stores in the Tristate area, and featured on the menus of Tom Colicchio’s New York restaurants Craft and Temple Court. Based in New York City, the company has raised over $170 million from leading investors including GV, General Catalyst, GGV Capital, First Round Capital, Temasek and Almanac.