Tom Forrest CF - Churchill Fellow - is an Australian agronomist working in the protected cropping industry. Tom has instigated and consulted to multiple successful cannabis projects since Australian legalization in 2016. These projects include ASX listed public companies, universities and private businesses.
In 2016 Tom co-founded Indicated Technology which also provides agricultural equipment procurement services to licensed cultivators throughout Asia-pacific, and multiple LPs in Canada. Tom and his team have designed and supplied cultivation sites including World Health Organisation partner universities, PC2 compliant research facilities, outdoor cannabis farms and glasshouse projects. Tom is also the Cultivation Director for the PURO Group in Marlborough NZ and is responsible for staff training and establishing world-class cultivation methodologies at both south island sites. In 2018 On behalf of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Tom was awarded with a world first Churchill Fellowship for Cannabis Agronomy in 2018 to publish a paper on common cannabis methodologies, and a short film providing insights and exclusive footage from inside the worlds leading cultivation facilities.
Recently Tom has been speaking at pharmaceutical events, universities and worldwide conferences to share the findings of his Churchill Fellowship and provide a global overview of cannabis agronomy.
“I was fortunate to visit 8 countries, 28 cities and around 50 cannabis cultivation sites between April and August 2019. This included visits to hi-tech sealed environment glasshouses, ‘pharma’ grade indoor facilities, traditional glasshouses, organic and outdoor broad-acre cannabis cultivation sites. The purpose of this trip was to learn from existing worldwide approaches to cannabis agronomy, and share this knowledge to help our local industry grow successfully.”