Who We Are
We are a full service design + install company-- working from visioning to installation of any type of food-producing landscape.
Custom Foodscaping transforms ordinary spaces into beautiful, food-producing landscapes. We provide consultation, design, and installation services to realize your edible landscaping, farm & garden or permaculture goals. Specializing in everything from food forests & herb gardens to profitable vegetables farms. We work with institutions including schools, universities, hospitals, community centers & restaurants.
Matt Lebon is a proud St. Louis native with over ten years of farming and gardening experience. Matt got his start with farming as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. He went on to study permaculture and work on several farms in Israel and Brooklyn, NY. Over the years, Matt has become a practitioner and instructor on edible landscaping, organic agriculture, orcharding, and permaculture design. For five seasons Matt worked at the EarthDance Organic Farm School until he left his role of farm manager in 2017. Now with CF, Matt is most passionate about creating magical food moments in the everyday places we work, learn and play.
Ryan is a passionate gardener and advocate for local food systems. After working for a landscape design company for two years, he cofounded a food startup called Sprouthood, which connected gardeners and farmers in the St. Louis region. Through that venture he became involved with the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition and still serves as a member. Though Sprouthood was indefinitely shelved in 2016, his work in the local food world has remained a constant. Ryan has designed and built several gardens in the intervening years and now brings those years of experience to the Custom Foodscaping team. As Foodscape Manager, Ryan is involved with the design and implementation of many of our foodscaping projects, as well as managing their ongoing maintenance.
Ben was born and raised in the St. Charles, Missouri. He has a Community & Regional Planning degree from Missouri State University with an emphasis on designing cities that are in tune with natural systems. He continued his education in permaculture design, natural building, and social justice. Ben has worked with Springfield, MO based Springfield Community Gardens for 6 years in a number of capacities. Working with farmers, non-profits, municipalities, and resident Ben has designed and implemented permaculture/ecological systems for the last 5 years in Missouri.