Our Story


“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, Designer & Consultant, Licensed MA construction supervisor/general contractor

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 (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.

 

ADAM MONROY: Designer & Operations Manager, Licensed MA construction supervisor/general contractor

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.


ABIGAIL WOLFGarden 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.

JESSIE WICKGarden Installation Specialist

Jessie loves working on our garden installation team. Jessie has a background in archeology, construction, wood working, commercial compost creation, landscaping, operations management, and gardening. Her positive attitude and holistic work approach are welcome on the growing HomeHarvest team. 


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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 ULMANArtist, 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.