Karen Contreras President and CEO
Karen has been farming/gardening for more than 30 years. She is a Master Gardener, Master Composter and sits on the Advisory Board of Roots San Diego and the Urban Farming Curriculum Committee at San Diego City College. Karen currently teaches gardening classes throughout San Diego and has been a featured speaker for the APLD, the ASLA and at the Sustainable Landscape Conference at Cuyamaca College.
Kevin Garrison Construction Manager
Kevin brings eight years of finish carpentry experience to our team. He designs and builds beautiful raised beds, trellising systems, chicken coops and anything else we dream up. A graduate of SDSU, Kevin holds a degree in graphic design and is proficient in CAD and other architectural drawing programs.
Carrie Urban Farm Manager
Between community gardening and organic farming, Carrie brings over 8 years of experience to the UP team. Completing an Organic Farming Apprenticeship program in Vermont and working long hours on a production farm gave Carrie the foundation and experience she needed to begin her urban farming career at Urban Plantations. Carrie has her BSW and just loves the social and management components of her job.
Caitlin Kreutz Operations Coordinator
Caitlin is a true plant and nature lover. After growing up with family in the wine and nursery industry, Caitlin has pursued her own career in horticulture. Caitlin is a UCSB graduate and holds a certificate in Nursery Management, Crop Production and Horticultural Science from Mira Costa College. You’ll find her on our farms, in our home gardens and at our marketing events. She brings a unique blend of horticultural experience, and loves to share her passion for gardening!
Jackie Bryce Maintenance Technician
Jackie has nearly 18 years of professional gardening experience in large corporate ornamental landscapes, private edible landscapes and commercial food production. Jackie holds an associates degree in Natural Resource Management from Sterling College in Vermont. She has worked exclusively with apples, greenhouse tomatoes and native Hawaiian plants. Her passion and understanding of organic gardening brings a steady and organized perspective to all our garden projects for customer satisfaction and successful yields. Jackie is excited to be working with Urban Plantations and to be a part of the evolution of how we grow our food.
Cody Briggs Farm & garden Maintenance Assistant
Cody has over 8 years experience working in landscape maintenance, hydroponic, greenhouse and organic gardening. He has an extensive background in high yield organic gardening and has a passion for high quality results. You can find Cody working on our farms, on our maintenance routes, caring for trees and working on our construction projects. He is excited to be working with Urban Plantations and is committed to meeting and exceeding client needs.
To design, install and maintain beautiful, healthy, productive organic edible environments, to bring fresh, local, sustainable food opportunities to our clients and to encourage self motivated employee development by providing a positive and healthy work environment.
To create successful urban food supplies to local communities, secondary food producers and other businesses through organic practices as leaders in the urban agriculture industry.
As a company, and as individuals, we value integrity, honesty, openness, personal excellence, constructive self-criticism, continual self-improvement, and mutual respect. We are committed to our customers and partners and have a passion for producing edible landscapes in an urban environment. We take on big challenges, and pride ourselves on seeing them through. We hold ourselves accountable to our customers, partners, and employees by honoring our commitments, providing results, and striving for the highest quality.