Farmscape is the largest urban farming company in the country. Since 2008, we’ve designed and installed over 700 projects with our talented team of landscape architects, contractors and urban farmers. We grow food for Fortune 500 companies, Michelin-starred chefs, and World Series champions. Our expertise on urban agriculture design and operations has resulted in today’s most innovative and sustainable agrihood developments.

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Dan Allen

CEO

Dan has led Farmscape's growth from a start-up in Claremont to California’s largest urban farming venture. He has overseen the creation of hundreds of urban farm sites, including the rooftop farm at The Jonathan Club and the culinary garden for n/naka restaurant. Dan is a Master Gardener, a frequent public speaker on urban agriculture, and a periodic contributor to publications including Sunset Magazine. Prior to Farmscape, he graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Mathematics and Political Science.

Lara Hermanson

Principal

Lara is a co-owner and runs Farmscape's Northern California office. Since joining Farmscape in 2010, Lara has overseen the design and installation of over 350 urban farming projects, including Faithful Farm at Levi's Stadium, the Farm at Patterson Ranch and the STEM Garden. Lara is a licensed landscaper contractor, has a certificate in Project Management, and is Rescape-certified Landscape Designer. Her work focuses on regenerative farming, low-water irrigation and California native plants. Lara began her career landscaping on the south side of Chicago.

Catherine McLaughlin

Landscape Architect

Catherine is a registered landscape architect, LEED Associate Professional, and a Watershed Wise Landscape Professional. As a graduate of the University of Southern California, she has enjoyed studying and practicing in the Los Angeles basin and surrounding mountains. For more than a decade she has focused on creating dynamic gardens that integrate endemic plant communities and respect climate. Her goal is to continue to create a language and body of work that will inspire people to understand their roles as stewards of the soil.

Nicki Sherman

Operations Manager

Nicki has over 10 years experience working on rooftop farms in New York, school gardens, a culinary garden for Roberta’s Pizza, and community gardens at public housing sites. Prior to joining Farmscape, she worked as Deputy Director of City Growers, where she managed finance, operations and garden education programs. Nicki earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy from Fordham University and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.

Nick Smith

Install Foreman (Oakland)

Nick, a Bay Area native, holds his B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University, where he first developed his interest in urban agriculture. He's since completed Q.W.E.L. training, specialized irrigation coursework, and orchard management training through UC Davis. Nick has worked as an install foreman with Farmscape since 2015 and his passion lies in creating beautiful and productive landscapes. Prior to joining Farmscape, Nick managed food forests in San Francisco and worked with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, administering landscape rebates.

Aaron Seletzky

Install Foreman (South Bay)

Aaron grew up in Maine and worked for a landscaping 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 in landscaping and construction since graduation. Aaron has worked with Farmscape since 2013, leading the LA installation crew as its foreman before moving to Northern California. He is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper and is completing coursework in Construction Management at Cabrillo College.

Lowell Frank

Install Foreman (LA)

Lowell has worked with Farmscape since 2010. During that time, he has managed the rooftop farm at The Jonathan Club, cultivated urban farm sites in Pasadena, and served as LA head farmer before joining the install team. Prior to joining Farmscape, Lowell worked as a groundskeeper at Point Loma Nazarene University for six years, worked a variety of construction jobs, and volunteered at community gardens.

Matthew Geldin

Head Farmer (LA)

Matthew has a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, focusing on urban and regenerative design, and has completed additional study in horticulture, permaculture, and natural building techniques. Prior to joining Farmscape as the LA Head Farmer, he worked as a gardener at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, designing education gardens and working with Fritz Haeg to build the Wildflowering LA installation. Matthew has contributed to Fine Gardening Magazine and is a visiting lecturer at the LA Arboretum and Cal State Northridge.

Sara Gilligan

Head Farmer (Oakland)

Sara has worked on farms for 20 years, growing a wide variety of crops including avocados, wine grapes, lavender and native plants. She studied Natural Resource Planning at Humboldt State University and has a B.A. in Ecological Agriculture from the New College of California in Santa Rosa. In addition to her farm experience, Sara has managed landscape teams in both the edible and ornamental realm. She is an expert in aesthetic pruning and fruit tree production, and has received certification in Permaculture Design and Medicinal Herbalism.

Sarah Rosenberger-Gullotti

Agrihood Project Manager

Sarah has worked in urban farming and community garden programs for 8 years. At Farmscape, she integrates farm amenities and their programmatic components into master-planned developments such as Rancho Mission Viejo and The Preserve at Chino. Prior to that, Sarah worked for The Growing Experience in Long Beach, Orange County Great Park, New Roots for Refugees in Kansas, and production farms in Michigan and Colorado. In addition to her work with Farmscape, she is a professor at Saddleback College where she teaches sustainable urban farming courses.

Alexis Barbalinardo

Westside LA Territory Manager

Alexis has more than a decade of experience in regenerative agriculture. As a farmer-florist at Broadturn Farm in Maine, she cultivated organic cut flowers with a focus on seasonal floral design. At Back 40 Farm in Connecticut, she led a team cultivating five acres of organic vegetables and flowers for local restaurants, farmers markets, and a CSA. For two years, Alexis also managed the greenhouse at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She has also worked as a cheesemaker, bread baker, and outdoor educator, and holds a dual degree in Neuroscience and Italian language from Vassar College.