( Photo and logo courtesy Upward Farms; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

Aquaponic grower Upward Farms, Brooklyn, N.Y., has hired John Perkins as chief financial officer. 

He brings 25 years of investment banking experience, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private market capital raising, and general strategic counsel for real estate companies in the Americas and Europe. 

Before joining Upward Farms, Perkins was managing director and co-head of RBC Capital Markets’ U.S. real estate investment banking business. 

Perkins serves on the board of The Great Mountain Forest, a 6,500-acre working forest in northwest Connecticut focused on improving sustainable forestry practices and research.

“I joined Upward Farms to pursue a passion for developing the intersection of transformational sustainability initiatives and profitable economic models,” Perkins said in the release.

Upward Farms grows leafy greens at an aquaponics greenhouse that uses fish to fertilize crops in a closed ecosystem.

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