Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in California. Inspired by the Victory Gardens of the 1940′s we started in 2009 helping residents, schools, and businesses set up vegetable gardens and home orchards. To date, we have installed over 300 urban farms and currently maintain 150 of those plots.
Dan, an Iowa native, is proud to practice a much different sort of agriculture than his home state is known for. As Farmscape's CEO, he oversees a multiple bottom-line approach that seeks to maximize the venture's social and environmental impact as well as its financial well-being. Dan is a Master Gardener and a member of the LA Food Policy Council's Working Group on Urban Agriculture. He is also a periodic contributor to The Huffington Post and Seedstock. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing basketball and board games, as well as volunteering with school and community garden projects.
Favorite Veggie: Black Prince Tomatoes
Lara's interest in gardening began during her childhood in Chicago when she worked on her own backyard urban farm. After that she worked at Vital Zuman Sustainable Farm in Malibu before joining Farmscape in 2010. Since then, Lara has installed more than 100 urban farms and created Farmscape's school garden program. She is a Board Director for the Studio City Farmers' Market and is studying Project Management at UCLA. In her spare time Lara teaches yoga and meditation.
Favorite Veggie: Purple Top Turnips
Sean, a Los Angeles native, earned a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He is currently pursuing a certificate in Landscape Architecture from UCLA Extension and has a keen interest in vegetable gardening and urban farming. He comes to Farmscape with over 10 years of business experience in both the outdoor apparel and nursery industries. In his free time he can be found tending his home garden, surfing, cycling, and shaping custom surfboards.
Matthew was one of the first Farmscape interns, assisting with garden routes and nursery propagation. He earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and after doing so, rode his bicycle 1,200 miles through Southeast Asia, stopping to volunteer at a natural building center in rural Thailand. Before returning to Farmscape as our Operations Manager, he was a gardener at the LA Arboretum, designing education gardens and working with Fritz Haeg to create the Wildflowering LA installation. Matthew enjoys cycling, hiking, photography, and postcards.
Favorite Veggie: Kabocha Squash
Prior to joining Farmscape, she worked with the LA Country Club and helped manage their organic vegetable garden, while assisting with beekeeping and greenhouse propagation. When she's not gardening, Nikki is an artist and graphic designer. If you'd like to check out her work, visit nikkipressley.com.
Cici is a graduate of Pomona College with a degree in Environmental Analysis. Prior to joining Farmscape, she maintained an organic garden for Alma Restaurant and was produce manager at Urban Radish. Originally from Washington, Cici enjoys climbing and is a Certified Wilderness First Responder.
Favorite Veggie: Watermelon Radishes
Nicole is originally from New York and moved to the Bay Area to pursue urban farming. After graduating from Stony Brook University with a BA in Sustainability Studies, she decided to pursue her love of growing food by working on organic farms in Poughkeepsie, NY and New Millford, CT. After five years of farming in Northeast, Nicole was ready for a new challenge and moved to California. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling in her free time.
Favorite Veggie: Sweet Potatoes
Lowell has nearly a decade of organic gardening and landscaping experience. He worked for five years as the groundskeeper at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, maintaining ornamentals and edibles including their Japanese-style meditation garden, before joining Farsmcape. In his spare time, Lowell likes biking, hiking, reading, and fly fishing.
Favorite Veggie: Mr. Stripey Tomatoes
Leryn Gorlitsky has a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spent four years working on research farms at UMass and one year on Martha’s Vineyard on an organic greens farm. She has worked with large and small scale farms to develop best management practices. She has a Masters in Civil/Environmental Engineering where she focused on designing and implementing habitat restoration projects. She has field experience with surveying and drafting, laboratory collection , soil identification, and construction management.
Meredith is a transplant from Maryland who has a passion for organic gardening. She managed a CSA for a small organic farm in Maryland and developed the Organic System Plan for the USDA People's Garden in Washington DC. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Horticulture, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue teaching organic gardening to children.
Favorite Veggie: Heirloom Tomatoes
Stephen is a chef and a farmer with a passion for local food cultivation. On the weekends, he works at Red Bread in Culver City. Prior to joining Farmscape, he was a farm manager in Honaunau, HI, where he cared for livestock and tended vegetable plots. Stephen was also a head chef at Torta-landia! in Portland, OR, and a sous chef at The Curious Palate in Los Angeles.
Favorite Veggie: Beets
Todd, a Southern California native, is a Farmscape founder and our gardening expert. Before helping start Farmscape, Todd co-founded the non-profit Claremont Food Not Lawns, organized the Packing House Green Market, and has years of organic gardening experience. He enjoys playing banjo with his wife Mary Beth's band, the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade.
Favorite Veggie: Carrots
Aaron grew up in Maine and worked for a landcaping firm in Scarborough before moving to California for his studies. He received a B.S. in Plant Science from Cal Poly Pomona and has worked done landscaping, construction and tended bar since graduation. In his free time, Aaron enjoys fishing, snowboarding and surfing.
Favorite Veggie: Asparagus
Sara, a Southern California native, has worked on organic farms in Northern California and Nicaragua. She also taught gardening workshops at a local elementary school prior to joining Farmscape. As a senior at UC Santa Cruz she studied seed saving as a strategy for preserving genetic diversity of the world's food supply.
Favorite Veggie: Brussel Sprouts