About Metropolitan Farms

Industry defining in design and operation. Metropolitan Farms’ mission is to grow fresh food in the city where it is eaten. We believe this will result in a healthier, more secure and environmentally sustainable food system.

Meet The Team

Benjamin Elliot Kant


He is a dreamer and doer who relishes building Metropolitan Farms, turning vision into reality. Metro Farms solves problems, and also demonstrates how biological technologies can bring the natural world closer to the urban one. Benjamin has a deep affinity for aquatic creatures and plants. He also has a background in finance and management with degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), the University of St. Andrews, Brandeis University and is a LEED AP.


Greenhouse Manager

Back in 2008, Ashley decided to take an adventure! She hopped on The California Zephyr which would eventually take her to the city she would fall in love with, Chicago. After learning about finely crafted cheeses and the importance of knowing your food’s origin at Pastoral Artisan Cheese Bread & Wine, she knew she wanted to get her hands dirty with local food production. Since then, she has interned with rooftop farms like Verdura and Uncommon Ground, facilitated Peterson Garden Project’s “Grow to Give” donation beds at the Vedgewater Community Garden, received training through the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program, and taken additional Professional Development courses through the University of Illinois in order to continue to provide gardening education throughout Chicago. Ashley is excited to be a part of Metropolitan Farms team as the Greenhouse Manager, and hopes to empower and educate others about sustainable farming practices in the years to come.


Assistant Greenhouse Manager



Farmer’s Market Manager 



Greenhouse Farmer