Our dream of becoming urban farmers started in 2018 when we set up our first prototype hydroponics system. We quickly discovered we could grow a huge variety of delicious microgreens in a very small space.

As scientists, we saw this technology-based approach as a sustainable solution to growing food closer to the people who eat it.

We spent the next two years learning as much as we could about indoor farming. When we came across the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) micro loan program, we saw an opportunity to bring our dream to life.

In 2020, we found a location in South Minneapolis to expand our operation and successfully applied for a micro loan. With lots of support from the crew below, Cheeky Harvest came to life in 2021.

We are both keen cyclists - our first date was on two wheels! Cycling is such an important part of our lives that we have included pedal power in our business.

meet the team

KATIE Food Enthusiast - Cofounder

A foodie at heart, Katie oversees the creative element of our microgreen dishes and is always working on scrumptious new recipes. As a trained chemist, Katie helps create the perfect growing conditions for our yummy microgreens.

MATT Microgreen Geek & Head Plumber - Cofounder

Matt is the microgreen geek of the group and loves nothing more than tinkering in the farm. As a marine biologist, he loves playing with water and is rather handy with PVC pipe, hence the attraction to hydroponics.

SUKH Technology

Sukh supports all things computer-based. As we have found, “turning it off and on again” does not always work. Fortunately, Sukh is unbelievably patient.

GRANT Finance and Business Advisor

Grant's initial investment helped to build the farm infrastructure. As a savvy restaurant owner, he also provides business guidance.

KATHY Agriculture Mentor (& Katie's Mom)

Kathy has over 20 years of hands-on experience with specialty crops from arugula to zucchini. She can usually be found in her high-tunnels or rounding up sheep on the family farm in Indiana.

BRIAN Hydroponic Mentor

A good friend of ours, Brian is the Washington State veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture. He has many years working around farms, including experience with hydroponics.