Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in California. Our mission is to connect city dwellers with fresh, organic produce through a network of urban farms, while creating living wage jobs for the new generation of farmers.
To date, we have installed over 400 urban farms and currently maintain more than 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.
Favorite Veggie: Sun Gold Tomatoes
Lara's lifelong love of farming began working on landscaping projects in Chicago with her mother. As a college student, she maintained the Russell T. Kirt Tallgrass Prairie Restoration in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where she specialized in propagating endangered plants. From there, she managed the 7 acre Vital Zuman farm in Malibu, CA. Since joining Farmscape in 2010, she has overseen the design and installation of over 300 urban farming projects. She has a B.A. from Columbia College and has recently completed a certificate in Project Management from UCLA extension. Lara has completed additional studies in Permaculture Design.
Favorite Veggie: Purple Top Turnips
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.
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.
Favorite Veggie: Carbon Tomato
Samantha is an LA native. Prior to joining Farmscape, she was the Vegetable Gardener at LA Country Club. Samantha is an Oregon Master Gardener and previously worked on a vineyard in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. She has a BA in Archaelogy and worked at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
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
Melissa has been a Master Gardener since 2006, working on a variety of urban farming projects. Most recently, she was a Seedscapes Program Coordinator at WORKS. Before that she worked on a number of school garden projects, including Niemes Elementary in Artesia.
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
Maia is a native to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. After finishing an Environmental Studies bachelor's degree at UC Santa Cruz in 2010, she has spent the last three years working on 15-acre diversified farm in her home town, Nevada City. A recent transplant to the East Bay, Maia is excited to keep her hands dirty in some urban soils. Beyond farming, Maia can be found behind a cast-iron skillet wiping onion tears from her eyes or hiking in the redwoods behind Oakland with her working dog, Nellie-Bird.
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