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How We Began

Josh Brown started Predatory Plants in 2009 as a small side-project while working for tech companies in Silicon Valley. He sold greenhouse-grown carnivorous plants at local farmer’s markets and through his website.

Predatory Plants has subsequently grown into one of the premier carnivorous plant companies in the United States. With over 25,000 square feet of greenhouse space, Predatory Plants has become the largest producer of seed-grown Nepenthes and sundews in the nation.

The unique and amazing plants we produce can be found here on our website, Amazon.com, at our store in Half Moon Bay, CA, and at local nurseries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our Team
Josh Brown
Josh Brown
Josh’s first experience with carnivorous plants was his 7th Grade science fair, in which he fed cape sundews tofu. He was hooked after that, and has collected carnivores ever since. He attended Stanford, spent some time working on tech startups, and eventually ended up at Microsoft. After deciding that desk jobs weren’t for him, he started Predatory Plants as a way of turning his passion into a career. In his spare time Josh enjoys vegetable gardening and playing too many computer games.
Devon Peterson
Devon Peterson
Director of Retail Operations
Devon studied Arabic Language and Literature at UC Berkeley before taking the next obvious step in his career: coming to work at Predatory Plants in 2015, where he oversees the online retail and fulfillment process. When he's not putting plants into boxes, Devon forages for mushrooms, plays and writes tabletop board games, and manages a fantasy sumo wrestling league.
Kali Lader
Kali Lader
Retail Manager
With a bachelor's degree in Plant Biology from SUNY ESF Kali went on to pursue a graduate degree in Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. From there, she brought her love for growing plants together with her passion for handmade and manufactured ceramics as the manager of horticultural and boutique nurseries. She now manages the buying and runs the retail store at Predatory Plants. In her spare time she obsesses over her personal plant collection and volunteers with local animal rescues.
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