About Us

The inspiration for Cityblooms came out of a desire to provide sustainably grown food to a rapidly expanding population. Responding to the needs of farmers, Cityblooms has developed an integrated technology stack that includes sensor and equipment control technology coupled with a powerful farm management platform. Cityblooms has years of experience with designing and implementing modular systems for controlled environment agriculture, producing a variety of crops for some of the world’s largest corporations.

 

Nick Halmos, CEO and Founder

Nick began his career in controlled environment agriculture in 2001, and has been a consistent innovator in the AgTech field, while also successfully founding and building companies in real estate.  Nick moved Cityblooms to Santa Cruz, California in 2011, and began building a team to develop the next generation of farming technology.   Under Nick's leadership, Cityblooms was awarded the prestigious Business Environmental Award in 2015 by Acterra for its on-site farm at Plantronics, and was also named as one of the "Ten Hot Companies to Watch in Monterey Bay's Agtech Hub"  in early 2016.  He was awarded 4 patents in early 2017 for design and utility of Cityblooms' micro-farming systems, and was named "Innovator of the Year" in March of 2017 for his continued commitment to new and creative sustainable farming solutions.  

Nick holds a JD from Vanderbilt Law School and a BA from Brown University.  

THE CITYBLOOMS TEAM

Scott Kitayama
Commercial Farming Solutions

Scott has more than two decades of experience in managing agricultural businesses, including serving as Director of Kitayama Brothers, one of the largest growers in the US.   Scott also managed Greenleaf Wholesale for 15 years, providing both the vision and technical capability for a 40 year old company with little technology. Scott is helping drive Cityblooms' strategy, sales, and business development efforts across the Commercial Farming Division.  Scott has a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Dartmouth.


 
Kate Gerwe
Communication / Community / Marketing

Kate's experience managing marketing for both large public companies (Yahoo!, AOL, Netscape), and sustainability and Saas start-ups, including Greensulate, Lucid, People Power, and PowerCloud (sold to Comcast) make her a true force multiplier. Kate manages the overall marketing and communication efforts for Cityblooms.  She has a BA from Stanford, and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.


 
Jon Dillehay
Farming Team Manager

Jon joined Cityblooms in 2016, and manages the Cityblooms farming team as well at the Plantronics farm, ensuring all crops are grown and delivered to the cafe kitchen table twice weekly. Jon works closely with Plantronics and Bon Appetit staff on crop scheduling to ensure that unique, nutritious, and delicious produce is grown and served to Plantronics employees.  Jon graduated from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, and studied Horticulture at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.


 
 
 
Alexia Hobbs
Farming Team

Alexia joined Cityblooms in 2017 and works on the farming team, ensuring that farms are maintained to food safety standards and that fresh, nutritious food is grown and delivered to company requests on schedule.  Alexia lives in Santa Cruz and has studied at Cabrillo College.


 
 
 
Quentin Lindh
Firmware, Embedded Software, Hardware Design and Implementations

Since growing up on a farm in the Santa Cruz mountains, horticulture has become a lifelong passion for this Cityblooms’ key team member.  Quentin has been instrumental in developing the company's innovative agricultural systems, from designing complex sensor networks and control systems to building hydroponic farms. Quentin holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz in applied mathematics.


 
 
Sargis Yonan
Firmware and Embedded Software Engineer

Sargis is a critical member of the software team, joining in 2017, and doing just about anything needed from a technical perspective to support the product, including technical support for our large customers.  Sargis was a researcher in the Power Grid Modernization Research Lab at UC Santa Cruz, and has a BS and MS in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz.


 
 
Tony Fader
Embedded Software, Web/Cloud Software,  Service Design and Implementations

Tony has more than two decades of experience at the intersection of Web and embedded markets.  A seasoned system architect, Tony has patents and awards for pioneering work in embedded systems design. Tony has previously co-founded Transvirtual Technologies (sold to IBM), Vivere Systems and Megasonic Sound. He expertly balances software programming and systems design challenges across traditional and emerging technologies to consistently deliver winning solutions.


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Cityblooms

1319 River Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060