Meet the Team
Tim Smith is a graduate of Oberlin College and Boston College Law School. He taught in the Boston and Newton Public Schools for a decade. Prior to teaching, he worked at John Hancock Insurance Company on a class action lawsuit. He has worked on the business since January 2015 when his passion for growing plants took over his house. Tim completed a training with Nelson and Pade on Aquaponics, but ultimately microgreens grown in soil with sunshine became his passion. Currently, he is a co-owner of We Grow Microgreens, LLC. He won second place at the Boston Flower Show for an Olive and Jade tree, and second place for the Shade Category of the City of Boston’s Garden contest.
Lisa Evans holds a BA from Tufts University, a MAT from Simmons University and a MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. She taught for the Boston Public Schools for twelve years. She became fascinated with Microgreens after a visit to the Hippocrates Health Institute, and thus turned the home she shared with Tim Smith into their first greenhouse in 2015.
Through a grant from the Carrot Project, she worked with a business consultant to analyze the numbers for the business and prepared a business plan. She completed Interise’s Streetwise MBA seven-month certificate program endorsed by Boston University. Recently, she completed New Entry’s Sustainable Farming Project certificate business program for new farmers. Through SCORE's mentorship the business has thrived.
Mechanical Engineering Intern
We were fortunate to have Gabe work at the farm last summer, and we are very happy that he has returned to We Grow Microgreens for his co-op this year. He is a third year Mechanical Engineering and Design student who is interested in food system sustainability. At the greenhouse, Gabe looks after our microgreens and plants. He works on seeding, cutting, and packaging our microgreens to prepare them for our weekly Farmers Markets. In addition to caring for our microgreens, he's also finishing up the irrigation system and other aspects of our farm that keep it running smoothly. Lastly, he's going to design a pulley system for the plants so that we can utilize the vertical space in the greenhouse.
Maya is a second year student at Northeastern University, studying Environmental Science and International Affairs. At We Grow Microgreens, she has become familiar with proper agricultural practices through her daily tasks of caring for microgreens and other plants. From routinely looking after our plants to assisting with the inner workings of running our small business, Maya has played a great role in the operation of our urban farm. She shows great promise in her leadership skills and can often be found keeping track of all of the inventory brought to the farmers market.
Graphic Design Intern
As a fourth-year Northeastern student pursuing a combined major in Graphic & Information Design and Mathematics, Elaina has been working on designing product signs and flyers for the weekly Farmers Markets. Her math skills have come in handy for the administrative side of the business. She has designed table displays at the Wayland Farmers Market and Utopia Festival in Seaport. We noticed a significant uptick in interest in our products due to the beautiful manner in which our products were presented to customers. The greenhouse has been a great source of inspiration for her work, and she appreciates the opportunity to be creative in such a unique space. She has learned a lot about microgreens, plants, and the ways that they can benefit us.