Don Tobul grew up in Leroy, Ohio just 35 minutes from downtown Cleveland. As a youth, he was involved in 4-H and expressed strong interests in gardening, agriculture, and the sciences. This interest and passion led him to formal training as a high school chemistry and physics teacher at Bowling Green State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education. During his time at BGSU, he was also a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. Following the attacks on September 11th 2001, Don ultimately found himself on active duty in Iraq from January 2004 through March 2005. His own experiences in Iraq, and working with friends in the military, steered him in a new direction altogether. Don began working on his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at John Carroll University in 2010 and finished that program in 2013 following an internship at the Cleveland Clinic. Don envisions OD Greens as the perfect combination of all of his life experiences with the potential to help more than individual people; OD Greens is an opportunity for him to give back to the community that has supported him throughout his life.
OD Greens LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) working to provide locally grown, hydroponic produce to restaurants, markets, and individual clients.
Phase 1: We have moved into our 40’ shipping container which allows us to grow the equivalent of about 2 (traditionally farmed) acres. Since we grow vertically our footprint is significantly reduced. Also, we recycle the water pulled from the air, reducing our water use to 10% of the demands of traditional farming.
Phase 2: Will incorporate work training services for other disabled military veterans, using hydroponic growing as a platform for their experiential education and personal/professional development.