About Michael Bergonzi

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Michael has been in the alternative health field since 1990 and has been growing wheatgrass, teaching growing classes and lecturing all over the country. He designed and built the state of the art greenhouse at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, CA. In 1998, he worked for three years with singer/song writer, Jewel. During this time he also worked in the alternative health field, traveling as a nutritionist and working with Ellen Tart-Jensen (Ellen spent 12 years with Dr. Bernard Jensen), learning about the Colema Board and the importance of colon health.  She also is the #1 iridologist in the country!  Visit www.bernardjensen.org for more details on Ellen.  (your the best, Ellen!)  He then went back into the wheatgrass field working for the largest grower in Northern CA. Six months later in 2001 (the day after Sept. 11th), Michael took the greenhouse manager position at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was finally back into lecturing, traveling to Expos, and helping thousands to grow their own wheatgrass at home for pennies a day.  Currently, he is working as a consultant for Wellness Centers & people wanting to start their own Sprout / Wheatgrass / Micro-Green Business.  Check out the Store link for more details on what is offered.

Michael’s lectures are not only informative, but he adds a sense of humor and stage presence that will keep any audience entertained the entire time. He is available year round for lectures as well as greenhouse advice. In the near future, he is planning on working with a new and improved alternative health retreat and wellness center in several locations.  He will stay true to what Ann Wigmore brought to light, the Earth, the Oxygen and getting leafy greens back in the American Diet as well as focusing on the "inner self", silence, meditation and whatever personal journey you may be on right now.  Ready to open your own wellness center?  Ask me how!

Wheatgrass is the “Life-Blood” of any good cleanse and the most complete food on the planet today!  Remember to do a green drink of some kind everyday and never 'over-eat' for breakfast.  Keep all the greens together when juicing and do not mix anything that is not green into a green drink.  That is just simple food combining.  If you can't get a fresh shot of wheatgrass, then make a fresh GREEN DRINK!  Smile, choose to be happy and take a deep breath!!!  Wink  


Michael Bergonzi began his 23 year career in the alternative health field at Optimum Health Institute of San Diego in 1990.

Michael followed his Mother & Father to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, CA where his father was the General Manager for 15 years.  During his time at Optimum he worked in many different positions from taking reservations, working in the store, assisting in the kitchen and even maintenance before he found his home in the greenhouse.   (OHI founder, Raychel Solomon, was the grandmother of Michael’s brother-in-law.)

In 1995 he built their state of the art greenhouse and utilized the store by selling planting trays, growing racks, seeds and wheatgrass to all the guests.  Beyond the game changing work he did with the greenhouse, Michael started many different programs that OHI that are still used to this day.  One beneficial program he started in 1994 was the OHI Support Network.  This was designed to allow guests, after they had returned home, to find other OHI guests in their area to aid in each other’s continued support.  During his 8 years there he also taught a wheatgrass growing and juicing class every week.   Later he took on a Monday orientation class as well as one of his favorite lectures, Conscious Communication. One of the most important elements to the success of OHI was promoting.  Michael attended Health Expos 6 times a year in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Diego and others lecturing about the alternative health benefits available at OHI.  It was at these health expos he learned the importance of educating the masses in the ways of alternative health.  By the time Michael left the Optimum Health Institute in 1998, the guest numbers had skyrocketed from 45 people per week, in 1990, to 180 in 1998.

After his departure from Optimum in 1998 he worked for singer-songwriter Jewel and her mother LeNedra Carroll as their nutritionist and ‘Juice Man’.  For the next three years he worked side by side with Ellen Tart-Jensen, the well-know iridologist and protégé of Dr. Bernard Jensen.  It was during these three years he discovered the importance of colon cleansing, in particular, the benefits of the colema board.

At the start of 2001, he moved to Livermore, CA to work for a friend who owned the largest wheatgrass growing business in Northern California.  It was during those six months that he learned and understood the business side of selling wheatgrass and sprouts to health food stores, juice bars, etc…

On Sept 10th 2001, via his mother sending in his resume to Hippocrates Health Institute, he interviewed with Brian Clement over the phone for their greenhouse management position.  Not sure what to do he asked for some kind of a sign.  The next day, it was clear and the choice was simple.  On Sept. 12th 2001 he decided to pack up his belongings and move across the country for the next ten years of his career with Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Fl.

The first six months at HHI were spent reorganizing their brand new greenhouse and start growing the highest quality, best tasting wheatgrass, sunflower greens, pea greens, buckwheat lettuce, alfalfa, clover, radish, broccoli, and sprouted beans anywhere in south Florida.  Over his ten years at HHI he continued to manage the greenhouse and took on many different roles including the program director in charge of reservations in the consultants’ office.  During the next 3 months Hippocrates’ guest count doubled from about 20 to 40 each week, and by the time Michael left in 2011, it had climbed somewhere between 75-90 per week.  During his career at HHI he was asked to return two separate times to this position as the interim director, while suitable management was found.  Once the guests’ attendance numbers were up and stable, Michael went back to focusing on the aspects he enjoyed most; tending to the greenhouse, lecturing 3 times a week, and traveling to Health Expos all over the country. 

Much like he did at Optimum he created new programs, like the HHI support list for guests, and improving existing ones. In 2004, he became the director of the Hippocrates Health Educator course.  Over the next 4 years he, together with his handpicked team of five fellow managers, had the most successful run of the HHI Health Educator Course’s history.  In March of 2011, he decided to leave Hippocrates to return to California.  This time, he was in Northern California to promote a wheatgrass business to Whole Foods Markets. All the while he had another goal in mind.

After a few months consulting with another wellness center in Cabo, Mexico he moved to Monterey, CA and put his own plan into action.  Taking all the knowledge and experience he had gathered over his 23 years he develop a brand new wellness program.  Within three months, his wellness center was complete and the Vibrant Retreat Center was born.  In the first month he had 10 guests as well as a few distinguished visitors including, his good friend and mentor LeNedra Carroll and Leola Brooks who is a member on the board of directors of the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico.  With the Vibrant Retreat Center open and running he is now assisting others in starting their own wellness centers, as well as lecturing and continuing to help others start their own wheatgrass/microgreen sprouting businesses all over the world.

In 2005 he started his own website and online store:  www.wheatgrassgreenhouse.com.  Here he gives helpful information on many subjects in the alternative health field. His store allows people all over the world to purchase many informational DVDs and books as well as some of the best quality juicers, like his personal favorite the Healthy Juicer (Since 2005 he has gone on promotional tours as a spokesman for the Healthy Juicer, at the largest natural product shows in the country).  After just two years his website has been receiving over 2000 hits a day.  After 4 years, this website is now up to 4,000 hits per day.  Today his website is over 10,000 hits per day, some of that thanks to his friend, Kris Carr!  www.kriscarr.com   www.crazysexywellness.com  And her book:  Crazy Sexy Diet!

He is currently located in the Northeast (next door to Simsbury, CT) and available for lectures and growing classes in your area throughout the year.

*This is your second chance to watch a FREE video, Michael's lecture "What's Simple is True"  JUST CLICK HERE! 

Michael with client and singer/songwriter, Jewel, and his sister Donna in Lake Tahoe.

Michael Working Convention
Michael at the New Life Expo in NY City

Want to build a Wheatgrass Greenhouse or start your own sprout business?


*NEW workshop LIVE available with Michael!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!! This website has a lot of the 'basics' you will need to know and create for indoor growing.  You do NOT need or even want a greenhouse!  It is next to impossible to control the light and the temp. inside a greenhouse, and those are the two things you really need to be able to control.  Check out the FAQ's and the Grow Your Own links at the top of this site.  If you would like to set up a phone consultation to discuss setting up your own wheatgrass business, please click on our SHOP ONLINE link. Michael is also available to come to your area and speak with you.  Email us for more info.

Michael would like to thank a few growers that helped him back in the beginning to become the number one wheatgrass grower in the country and get his picture in a book!

Thank you to Ken & Robin Taylor of Sungrown Organic Dist. in Chula Vista, CA & Mark Bakula AKA Solman in Leucadia, CA.  Also a special thank you to Rick Sokol & Nurit.