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A JP Client Connection In Innovation

By jpfirm | Categories: Articles, BusinessPrint PDF October 2018

Patrick Traber (pictured far right with the Kaercher Team) helps focus the firm’s efforts and involvement in the innovation and technology community in Tampa.  To that end, Patrick led the firm’s sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Wave’s Tech Diversity Demo Day in August, and will host the Wave’s Mentor Surge later this month.  Patrick is also a member of the Florida Venture Forum.  Patrick and the firm are constant champions and connectors for their clients.  Each has a unique story to tell, like Kaercher Family Farms, an urban farming company located in Pinellas Park, Florida.    

The vision for Kaercher Family Farms came unexpectedly.  Matthew Kaercher, owner of the urban hydroponics farm, was with his family at Epcot.  Kaercher was on a tour of their sustainable farming exhibit when something just clicked. Now that vision has become a reality.  Kaercher Family Farms is up, running and thriving.  The farm started out growing microgreens and then added many varieties of lettuce according to the needs and wants of local chefs.

With the sudden growth pattern, Kaercher inquired to friends about legal guidance and was put in touch with Patrick, which was a natural fit from the beginning.  Patrick’s experience with start-ups, capital raising and corporate governance enabled him to assist his new client with some basics about starting a business poised for growth.  Patrick functions as an outside general counsel and strategic advisor.

The future looks bright for Kaercher Family Farms as they are developing property and bringing in European automation and robotics to alleviate the burden of tiresome labor by the end of this year.  The implementation of this cutting edge technology will be the first of its kind in Florida – and allow the Kaercher Family Farms to efficiently increase its productivity. 

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