Meet the Team

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Dave McCarson, Founder

As the founder of Alpine Greenhouses, Dave was first an organic farmer who worked to design and build large passive solar greenhouses for Alpine Organic Farm’s commercial production. On the farm he helped to grow heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and many other vegetables, herbs and fruits for over 8 years, selling locally in Bozeman, Belgrade, Three Forks and Yellowstone Park.

Dave’s passion for good food coupled with requests from the community to build smaller versions of the farm’s passive solar greenhouses to enable families to grow their own good food inspired Dave to create and grow Alpine Greenhouses.  Alpine Greenhouses has since built and installed over 70 greenhouses in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Canada, all directed by Dave’s enthusiasm and energy.

Dave’s background is diverse with many years experience as a carpenter, cabinet maker and technical sales manager. His acquired depth of knowledge about quality food really begins with the soil. When he observes or tastes fruits and vegetables from the garden, restaurant, greenhouse or grocer, Dave imagines the soil the food came from, the quality of the roots, the hardiness of the plant, the pollinators and feels its effect on him through his sense of taste and touch. When foods are grown and harvested with good intention there is a relationship; he experiences this.  Dave’s mission is for us all to have a quality, healthy relationship with food. This awareness from the soil to what’s on our plates is what Dave is most passionate about.  This awareness is the very thing that drives Dave to build high quality functional Alpine Greenhouses for you.

SHAIRON SEARs, Creative Director

Shairon grew up in Kentucky where the soil was very rich. She and her family grew very large gardens and canned a lot of their  garden foods for winter eating. Corn, green beans, beets, kraut, tomatoes, bread and butter pickles. Her fondest memories are of hearing the jars pop as they sealed and  the sound the lids made as her mother opened them during the winter as she cooked food for her family. Gardening is simply a part of who she is. Shairon’s family also had a owned sawmill where they all worked and developed very good work ethics.

Shairon moved to Cincinnati and studied business at University of Cincinnati , she lived there for several years before moving to Montana to work for the forest service. During her seasonal work for the Spotted Bear Ranger District in 1993, fire season was very erratic. Shairon got involved with some fire fighting opportunities and enjoyed it enough to try out as a Hotshot with the Midnight Sun Crew in Alaska. She worked there until 1996. She married a Smokejumper from Montana,  who unfortunately died while their daughters were young. Shairon decided to stay in Montana to raise her children. She opened her own business as a yoga teacher/massage therapist. During that time her gardens were very much a part of their lives. Shairon became an empty nester a couple of years ago. She got involved with Alpine Greenhouses and loved participating in building them. Shairon is very passionate about working and leaving something behind that will bring food to families tables. Her vision during working and building the greenhouses is that the world is a better place because of them. The customers intention is to grow food, to have a longer more productive growing season, to share, to reconnect to the earth, to simply feel good about what is sitting on the dinner table. Shairon sincerely believes that Alpine Greenhouses makes a difference and has a positive impact on society and the world around us. 

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SHAIRON SEARs, Creative Director

Shairon grew up in Kentucky where the soil was very rich. She and her family grew very large gardens and canned a lot of their  garden foods for winter eating. Corn, green beans, beets, kraut, tomatoes, bread and butter pickles. Her fondest memories are of hearing the jars pop as they sealed and  the sound the lids made as her mother opened them during the winter as she cooked food for her family. Gardening is simply a part of who she is. Shairon’s family also had a owned sawmill where they all worked and developed very good work ethics.

Shairon moved to Cincinnati and studied business at University of Cincinnati , she lived there for several years before moving to Montana to work for the forest service. During her seasonal work for the Spotted Bear Ranger District in 1993, fire season was very erratic. Shairon got involved with some fire fighting opportunities and enjoyed it enough to try out as a Hotshot with the Midnight Sun Crew in Alaska. She worked there until 1996. She married a Smokejumper from Montana,  who unfortunately died while their daughters were young. Shairon decided to stay in Montana to raise her children. She opened her own business as a yoga teacher/massage therapist. During that time her gardens were very much a part of their lives. Shairon became an empty nester a couple of years ago. She got involved with Alpine Greenhouses and loved participating in building them. Shairon is very passionate about working and leaving something behind that will bring food to families tables. Her vision during working and building the greenhouses is that the world is a better place because of them. The customers intention is to grow food, to have a longer more productive growing season, to share, to reconnect to the earth, to simply feel good about what is sitting on the dinner table. Shairon sincerely believes that Alpine Greenhouses makes a difference and has a positive impact on society and the world around us. 

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JERRY KAWASAKI, Product Developer

Jerry became a certified farrier in 1990 with the American Farriers Association. In the same year the US government formed the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee to write and implement food storage rules and regulations to try and stop the conflict between humans and bears. Jerry was hunting and fishing in the backcountry and needed to follow these regulations, so he taught himself the sheet metal trade and started prototyping stainless steel containers for food storage. He then formed Bear Country Containers and started producing stainless steel food storage containers which he continues to sell the the US Forest service and others. These are now IGBC certified containers. in 2017 Jerry collaborated with Alpine Greenhouses to develop a stainless steel exhaust fan for greenhouses that is insulated and opens automatically. With the use of a UniVent wax opener and a thermostat the fan door opens and the fan turns on automatically. When the weather cools the doors seals tightly closed. Jerry continues to make containers and fans in his shop in Gallatin Gateway and enjoys his time in the back country!