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.
Kelly is our office manager and has been with Harvest to Home for many years. Kelly has been the backbone of the company, helping us with every aspect of our organic produce services. Kelly is a cancer survivor who understands the importance of starting each day with a nutrient-filled kale smoothie!
She and her two daughters are very involved in the local dance community. She also loves the outdoors, her family and her amazing cats.
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 edibles. 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.
Garden Specialist /Soil Biology Master
Trevor is a soil biology master. He spends his time making compost teas and saying hello to the new little friends he creates through his microscope. He handles a large portion of Harvest to Home’s organic produce maintenance and is certainly someone you would like keeping an eye on your garden.
He teaches gardening classes at our Costa Mesa location, and his interests include aquaponics, compost tea, beekeeping, biking, camping, hiking, and snowboarding.
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 consultations, 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.