Our founding partners have over forty years of combined experience in organic cannabis cultivation. They were inspired to take action on their collective dream of changing the conversation around cannabis. Phytonyx was born out of a passionate drive to bring hemp out of the shadows and offer it’s infinite gifts to the global community.
Founding PartnerSteven “Iz” Jaramillo was born in Colombia and came to New Rochelle NY, USA, at the age of six. While in high school Iz attended a vocational program for horticulture and fell in love with growing plants. He later moved to Oregon to learn about permaculture, as well as organic and bio-dynamic farming. His passion for growing took him to Hawaii where he helped run a 12 acre organic fruit farm for three years.
After returning to Oregon, Iz co-founded Phoenix Organics, a store for organic home & garden supplies and eco-building products. With the advent of medical marijuana, Iz began cannabis cultivation in 1999, and soon after launched the highly successful Vital Earth Organic line of plant nutrients and soil amendments. Now deeply engaged in hemp breeding and cultivation, Iz brings his deep experience and international connections to Phytonyx, and his passion for cannabis is a driving force for our team.
Founding PartnerJustin Tombe is a native Oregonian, living in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon since 2005. He has extensive experience in cannabis cultivation, as well as a background in permaculture, mycology and soil microbiology, intentional community, and entrepreneurship. His previous business ventures focused on mycological nutraceuticals (Mycoformulas) and clean energy technologies (ThrivalTech).
In 2017, Justin returned to his passion for cannabis as a founding partner in Phytonyx, where he worked from the ground up overseeing the initial 10 acre test farm. Justin works in all aspects of Phytonyx’s operations, including business development, sales, management, and keeping his hands in the earth enough to maintain a vibrant relationship with this most amazing of all plants.
Phytonyx is developing innovative genetic cultivars of the world’s most useful plant, and Justin is proud to be an essential part of the team.
Tenasi is a father and Green Path entrepreneur and author with a rich history of manifestations focused on community, consciousness, and environmental resonance. Following his technical education, BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech 1989; MS Environmental Engineering, Clemson University 1992, and a successful foray as an environmental remediation engineer he realized the greater need for cultivating sustainable environmental solutions and pursued subsequent studies in permaculture, biodynamic farming and soil alchemy and he discovered the planetary healing potential of hemp.
Over the last 25 years of US hemp prohibition, Tenasi has created a legacy of successful and inspiring farms, programs and businesses around the world. He was an internationally renowned rock climber credited with the first free-ascent of Angel Falls in Venezuela; a yogi, life coach and permaculture designer who founded and directed the Movement Energy and Transformation Program at Snowbird, the ‘Seed of Life’ hemp milk distributing company in BC, Canada and The Diamante Verde Sanctuary and Healing Center in Costa Rica (2002-2009); an ethno-botanical explorer and author of 2 books on plants in Costa Rica; a current advisory board member of Plants and Healers International; a founding partner and co-author of 4 US Patents for ThrivalTech LLC, a plasma-based emissions control R&D company (2010-2016); co-founder and Treasurer of the Political Action Committee, GMO Free of Jackson County, which in 2014 succeeded in a ballot initiative to ban the cultivation of GMO’s in Jackson County, OR.
As a medical cannabis grower since 2009, Tenasi seized the opportunity of Oregon’s cannabis legalization to create Mindful Earth Medical Cannabis Farm in 2014, and in 2016 he co-founded Ashland Productions, one of Oregon’s first OLCC-licensed recreational cannabis farms.
With the passing of the 2014 US Farm Act and the Oregon Hemp Farm Bill in 2015, Tenasi eagerly joined forces with his partners Justin Tombe and Iz Jaramillo to found Phytonyx and to step into his life calling as a producer of the highest quality phyto- and terpene-rich hemp seeds in the world. Fluent in both German and Spanish, Tenasi is a father of a family of six and a creative visionary with the wisdom, discipline, humility and perseverance to manifest positive change on planet earth.