OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PLANTS CAN MAKE US HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER.
Our talented team of gardeners, designers, stone masons, carpenters, welders, educators, and farmers are passionate about creating edible landscapes. Our mission is to transform urban spaces into attractive and regenerative ecosystems. We love when our inviting gardens help connect people to the natural world and their food source.
“We get excited when we help people grow their own food. There's immense satisfaction in tending to your plants, watching them thrive and mature, harvesting the bounty, and sharing the harvest with friends and family. It’s one of the most positive things we can do for our environment and ourselves.
Gardens, especially edible gardens, help to facilitate connection with nature. This mindset of sustainability and ability to see our natural world with more reverence and gratitude is why we do what we do.”
- Ben Barkan, Owner & Founder of HomeHarvest
BEN BARKAN: Owner & Founder, Sales, Designer & Consultant, Licensed GC (HIC # 188371)
Inspired by working on more than 35 organic farms in New England, California, Oregon, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Costa Rica, Ben applies lessons learned to HomeHarvest's unique custom garden installations. Ben earned a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture (4.0 GPA), is permaculture-design certified, and started HomeHarvest with just a bicycle and shovel in 2008. "We think that abundant, nutrient-dense produce isn’t enough; we also want our vegetable gardens to look gorgeous and function as resilient and regenerative ecosystems." Ben is licensed in Massachusetts as a Construction Supervisor, Home Improvement Contractor, and enjoys designing and selling beautiful landscapes with custom construction and creative plant integration.
ADAM MONROY: Designer & Operations Manager, Licensed GC
Adam earned degrees in Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture, Landscape Architecture, and has 18 years of experience in landscape design & build. His design and research focuses on integrating productive edible landscapes with functional social space to create resilient and beautiful urban sites. Adam joining the HomeHarvest team in 2013 has enabled us to take our gardens to the next level. Adam is licensed in Massachusetts as a Construction Supervisor and Home Improvement Contractor.
ABIGAIL WOLF: Garden Specialist, Educator & Herbalist
With an education background in herbalism, permaculture, Environmental Design and organic farming, Abigail enjoys transforming landscapes into beautiful and productive vegetable gardens. Abigail teaches customers about our holistic approach to gardening and is involved with school lesson planning and integrating HomeHarvest gardens into school curriculum. We welcome Abigail’s enthusiasm and passion for growing food sustainably.
ALIZA VAIDA: Sales, Design & Consulting
Aliza is passionate about creating more resilient communities through sustainable landscaping and integrated architecture. With a master’s in Sustainable Design and BFA in Sculpture and Painting, Aliza’s artful eye, experience in sales, and interest in sustainability is a great fit on our growing HomeHarvest team. In Aliza’s words, “We are at a critical time in human history. As the world continues to get more urbanized, cities are the key to a sustainable future. Utilizing urban spaces for food production is a vital component of resilient communities. HomeHarvest is on the cutting edge of reshaping the urban and suburban landscape to better serve the needs of this generation and the next.” We’re excited to see Aliza’s enthusiasm, insight, and expertise on our team.
PETE ANDERSON: Carpenter & Installation Specialist
Pete's advanced woodworking skills and build-focused interests are a perfect match for HomeHarvest. His work ethic and intuitive eye for detail are evident as we design/install chicken coops, raised beds, garden art, arbors, decks, and all other uses of wood as a building material. His work continues to amaze us and our clients.
MICHAEL ULMAN: Artist, Builder & Welder
Mike's passion for creating art began at a young age while helping his architect father weld metal scraps into large sculptures. He now conceives and fabricates fantastic sculptures with found metal objects, welding pergolas, trellises, water features, arbors, and unique garden art. HomeHarvest's approach and appeal are greatly enhanced by blending one-of-a-kind garden art with edible garden and landscape design.
ARKAM NAPOLI Stone Masonry & Construction Specialist
Arkam has 5+ years of construction and masonry experience and loves building beautiful, functional, and artistic creations. His understanding of landscape construction harmonizes perfectly with HomeHarvest's interest in sustainable garden infrastructure. During our growing season, Arkam focuses on construction work and tending to his personal fruit orchard. During the winter, he returns home to Zanzibar, Africa, where he tends to a tropical garden. Arkam's background, positive attitude, and interest in growing food is a perfect fit on the HH team.