Our Incredible Team
Mike Saraylian: Founder & CEO
Mike Saraylian has already planned out his funeral.
“A good way to map out your life is to decide what you want people to say in your eulogy” he explains. “And for better or for worse, we are constantly affecting the people around us. So at the end of it all I want people to be able to say that I had a positive impact.”
The Light Bulb Moment
A trip to Italy set Mike on course to make his positive impact. While touring the local countryside, he was amazed by the brilliant flavors of the local organic produce. Even a simple salad was a delectable revelation when composed of freshly picked lettuce and perfectly ripe tomatoes straight from the garden.
Mike had always loved to cook, but now fresh and organic ingredients starred in his meals. An idea began to brew for a business that connected people to an organic harvest right at home.
When he told his family and friends of his plans to quit a six-figure career to build vegetable and herb gardens, they told him that he was out of his mind (except his Mother). But Mike knew that he was on to something, and believed that with enough passion, effort, and positivity, anything was possible.
Mike simply built planters, shoveled dirt, and grew food in his own yard. The delicious simplicity, freshness and uniquely nuanced flavors of his homegrown harvests soon left him unable to go back to grocery store fruits and veggies.
Even more than that, he was feeling more energetic and vibrant each day. As Harvest to Home began to take off, Mike was more convinced than ever of the incredible service that the company was providing.
For his part, he continued to grow his business with passion and care. Those first humble planters have grown into a company that provides hundreds of people with full edible landscaping, friendly garden maintenance & classes, beautiful green walls, and living art pieces.
As always, more than anything, he hopes that his work and life are having a positive impact on people. “I’d want this to inspire people to do something- anything really. To grow as a person, read, start a morning routine, plant a garden, be healthier. We all have unique goals and dreams. To inspire someone forward to achieve them– that is my ultimate aspiration.”
Eric Springer, our General Manager has enough energy to propel us all to the moon! This was once said at a company meeting and describes Eric well. His many years running manufacturing facilities gave Eric great experience with both leadership and customer service. His 10+ years of small business consulting gives Harvest to Home the experience it needs to provide a great client experience, happy colleagues, and continued growth (no pun intended). Eric is always happy, enjoys a healthy lifestyle, and a true water man, he can be found at Reef point body surfing when he’s not in the office or in the field. His favorite vegetable is Brussels sprouts and favorite fruit is a banana.
Kirk Temple is our Field Manager/Garden Maintenance Specialist and the longest tenured organic produce gardener at Harvest to Home. He 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 outdoors man.
Gloria Knowles is our wonderful Garden Sales Manager. Being a people person Gloria is able to relate to everyone. She is the perfect person to invite over to your home to help design a garden as well as chat about growing your own. She grew up gardening with her grandmother and never stopped. She has an incredibly diverse background living in both England and New Zealand but loves Southern California. She may even slip into an accent here and there during a conversation. Gloria hikes almost daily and is very passionate about a healthy lifestyle. She is sweet, kind, caring, and will give you 110%! Her favorite vegetable is a Bell Pepper and her favorite fruit is a Lemon.
Kristen is our Green Wall Designer and 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.
Sean Miran is our incredible Garden Maintenance Specialist. Sean’s strong discipline, passion, commitment to excellence, and vast gardening knowledge makes him the perfect person to tend to a garden. Sean has been gardening for several years and is well versed in all edible plants, soil biology, and pest control. He is very polite and has a “southern gentleman” energy radiating from him, though he grew up in California. Sean is always striving to gain knowledge; he often reads and listens to audio books/podcasts. He also enjoys a very healthy lifestyle as well as working out regularly. His favorite vegetable is Broccoli and his favorite fruit is a banana.
Rob is our super nice Garden Maintenance Specialist. 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!
Tony Khamo, our Book Keeper has a demeanor that is as cool as a cucumber. His 25 years of book keeping experience, plus his get it done attitude provide Harvest to Home with great expertise and results. His years as a partner in an accounting firm have given him knowledge to go well past daily book keeping. Tony is a family man, growing up in central California he now resides in Yorba Linda with his wife and 2 girls. His favorite vegetables are Bell Peppers and his favorite fruit is a banana.