Feel free to call me Nick.
I am a nature enthusiast aiming to grow and influence agri-food industries by contributing to the development of new technologies and products .
I am a researcher and engineer by trade, specializing in fruit horticulture and fermentation.
My mission is to support the evolution of agri-food production systems. Through leading experimentation and technology transfer I aim to invigorate these long-established and traditional markets.
AGRI-FOOD SPECIALIST | ENGINEER | BIOLOGIST| ENTREPRENEUR
Hi, I'm Nicolas Querques
FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
FERMENTATION | MICROBIOLOGY
Cider, Beer, Wine, Kombucha, Kefir Production Technolgies.
Yeast, Microalgae, Mushroom Culture and Production, Bioreactor Design.
Salami, Cheese, Pickles Manufacture Optimization.
Controlled Growth Environments.
Tissue Culture and Nursery Field Propagation, Lighting Engineering.
Novel Technology Integration
Fruit Harvest Mechanization, New Cultivar Development
Research and Industry Interests
Personal Projects and Entrepreneurship
HORTICULTURE | FORAGING | FERMENTATION | ENGINEERING
Rare and wild fruit, nut, and cacti propagation and cultivation
Biosystems Engineering Design
Development and construction of automated chambers for hydroponic plant growth, meat and cheese fermentation, and mushroom cultivation.
Foraging and Taxonomy
Identification of mushrooms, fruit, nuts, tubers, and flowers that I collect and sell. With my collection I experiment with fermentation, cooking, and propagation.
Creative Food and Beverage Fermentation
Formulation and production of fermented food and drink using foraged ingredients, novel microbial cultures, and radical techniques.
BUSINESS PLANNER | MARKETER | OPPORTUNITY IDENTIFIER
Entrepreneurial Competitions and Grants
Designed and pitched comprehensive business plans that have been awarded by the University of Guelph CBaSE Hub Incubator and Ontario Summer Company Programs.
Startup Company Leader
Chief contributor to numerous startups including my current project 'Feral Collective Club' - a foraging contracting service. Previously led a greenhouse automation engineering firm, a mushroom lab/farm, and a cacti nursery.