Marco de Bruin

Principal
Marco DeBruin

Marco is a Principal of Equilibrium’s Controlled Environment Foods team, where he is charged with overseeing greenhouse construction and greenhouse operations.

In 2016, he began consulting to Equilibrium’s research into what would become the Controlled Environment Foods Fund I. In 2019, he joined Equilibrium as a general partner and principal Controlled Environment Foods Fund I.

Marco de Bruin is a third-generation grower who grew up on his family’s greenhouse farm in the Netherlands. He studied mechanical engineering, horticultural crop care, and horticultural business economics. In 1993, he came to the United States to work with Colorado Greenhouse, and later worked for Village Farms.

In 2000, he started working at Bushel Boy Farms, and became partner in 2002. In collaboration with his business partner, he improved the organizational structure, cut the energy usage in half, and increased the total acreage under glass from 10 to 20 acres, while simultaneously implementing supplemental lighting. His work with Bushel Boy Farms culminated in 2011 when they sold the company to a private equity investment group. He assisted with the transition to the new owners of Bushel Boy. In December of 2013, he started his consulting firm providing greenhouse design and horticultural operations services to leading greenhouse operators. His focus was in the areas of crop consulting, growth planning, energy savings, efficiency analysis, and new project development.

Marco received his degree from Drenthe College in the Netherlands.