Our Incredible Team
Mike Saraylian: Founder & CEO
Mike Saraylian is the man behind Harvest to Home.
He was born and raised in Laguna Beach, and now leads our organic produce team in Edible Landscape Services and Unique Living Art. After attending UC Santa Barbara, Mike came home and worked in the RV industry, eventually becoming a manager.
Mike moved on to Blick Industries in Laguna Canyon and worked in sales and marketing. His job involved traveling around the U.S. and Europe.
In Italy, he was amazed by the brilliant flavors of organic produce, especially in a simple salad made with perfect tomatoes and freshly picked lettuce, and dressed only with oil and lemon.
Mike had loved to cook since he was a child, and after his Italian epiphany he found himself thinking about everything he was eating.
This began his interest in health and diet, which led him to delve into organic produce.
Every Friday at Blick Industries there was a company barbecue on the rooftop. Mike always made the salads from the 70 boxes of organic produce grown right there on the roof by a retired doctor, Myron Wacholder, who was the father of one of the employees.
This doctor became his gardening mentor.
Mike came up with the idea for his business, inspired by those boxes on the rooftop. Although he knew about sales and marketing, he had no clue how to start a business, but he was influenced by his boss, John Blick, who said that if you really want to, you can do anything.
Mike had some money saved, got some from his family, then taught himself every facet of the organic produce business from designing a website to accounting and operations.
In the beginning, he found himself building planters and shoveling dirt. He ate what he grew and lost 15 pounds in the process, and he became addicted to freshly picked vegetables and herbs, and hopes you will too. He is filled with passion and energy for what he does and has grown his business like his vegetables: with care.
Mike is an avid music lover, and plays the guitar often, he also enjoys all beach activities, snowboarding, and cooking healthy meals.
Kirk Temple, the longest tenured organic produce gardener at Harvest to Home, has been critical to the growth of the company. His plant knowledge is vast, his love for organic produce runs deep, he is always positive and happy, and his service comes with a smile. Kirk grew up in Hawaii, loves to surf, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Kristen is simply amazing. She is the talent behind the incredible walls at Harvest to Home and a wonderfully strong part of our organic produce team. She is truly an artistic master with both succulents and moss. Kristen worked at Plant Depot for 8 years, running their vertical wall department before joining Harvest to Home.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and surfing.
Michelle keeps Harvest to Home developing and expanding. She schedules consultations, installs, and answers any questions you may have along the way! She also keeps all of our platforms up to date so you can see what we’re up to.
When she’s not at Harvest to Home, she enjoys going on hikes with her Australian Shepherd, scouting out the best coffee shops, and having get togethers with her friends and family!
Sam is an all-around team player at Harvest to Home. He assists in installations, gardening classes, living art, organic produce, and anything else that needs to get done. He is polite, savvy, caring, and volunteers at many different organizations. He is an avid gardener and runs multiple community garden plots along with teaching gardening to at-risk youth.
Rebecca keeps our organic produce service running smoothly. She makes sure that you get the most out of your garden by sending helpful tips, scheduling maintenance, and answering all of your questions.
A graduate of Stanford University, she has provided administrative and fundraising support for various nonprofits, big and small, over the past seven years. Rebecca is passionate about helping people live life abundantly.
Now at Harvest to Home, she is excited to be involved in cultivating life and engaging our customers in healthy, holistic living.
In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, cooking, reading a good book, dancing (especially swing dancing!), volunteering at her church, and spending time with friends & family.
Rob’s interest in planting began at a young age. He went from planting in his aquarium to working at a rare & exotic plant nursery in a short time. From there Rob’s interest in growing healthy food began. He’s currently working towards a degree in horticulture, and has over eight years of planting experience! Rob is a great asset to our team assisting in planting, installations, and gardening classes.
When Rob isn’t planting organic edible gardens for Harvest to Home, he enjoys hiking, camping, drawing, and collecting rare palm trees!