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

Founder/CEO

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.

ERIN CAMPBELL

Greenhouse Manager

SERGIO ARROYO

Farmer’s Market Manager 

When not cracking jokes in the greenhouse, you might catch Sergio selling fish, pesto, and greens at your local farmer’s market with a big smile on his face. Sergio was born and raised in Chicago, and growing up in the city meant that his interactions with plants and the general environment were very limited. That all changed when he went to DePaul University and a course on environmental chemistry changed his life. Sergio completed his degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in sustainability, and a minor in Geography, but it was in his extracurricular activities that he discovered his green thumb. Sergio found his passion for growing, cultivating, and general farming while as a member of DePaul’s Urban Farming Organization. His favorite things about farming include providing local, safe, and healthy alternatives for food, working up a mean sweat, and comradery and unity among farmers. He values teamwork, understanding, and determination in a work environment; and he relishes the opportunity to demonstrate this as a team member of Metropolitan Farms. While at Metropolitan Farms Sergio hopes to grow as farmer, further advance his knowledge on aquaponics, and help build sustainable food systems in the city. Sergio’s hobbies include admiring the outdoors, soccer, reading (mostly comics), running (kinda), podcasts, and soaking up in-ring action at local wrestling shows.

LAUREN OCON

Greenhouse Farmer