We believe that an emphasis on soil health as well as freshness makes a real difference in the flavor, nutrition, shine, and storage quality of our produce. We collaborate with some of the region’s top chefs to develop our crop varietal selections and harvest techniques. Our goals are to grow some of the nicest produce that you’ve ever seen or tasted; to be active participants in a vibrant local food economy; and to take care of our farmland to the best of our ability.
We grow our produce using regenerative, biological agricultural practices; free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. We work to build our fields’ soil fertility and microbial activity by using natural composts, certified organic fertilizers, cover crops, and mineral amendments. We have chosen to forgo the USDA’s organic certification process for the farm as a whole, but invite you to trust that we, your farmers, grow our produce using ecologically and socially responsible methods, on par with current organic standards.
Germination: In 1975, when farm owner Chris Kurth was a mere babe, his family moved to a nineteenth-century Sudbury farmhouse and started settling in. Chris grew up helping tend gardens, fruit trees, and a collage of farm animals his family raised for home consumption. In 1998, after studying biology, philosophy, and environmental studies at Williams College, Farmer Chris started a five-acre CSA farm on his parents’ fields and named it Meadow Brook Farm. After four years of developing Meadow Brook he accepted a farm instructor’s position at The Farm School in Athol, MA, during which time he met and married his wife Ana Sortun, chef/owner of Oleana restaurant and Sofra Bakery in Cambridge, MA, and partner in Sarma in Somerville, MA . The birth of Ana’s and Chris’ daughter, named Siena, in 2005, spawned a new incarnation of the farm — Siena Farms.
Growth: Over the last sixteen years we’ve grown to our current scale of 75 acres of diversified produce, serving our CSA members, chefs, and retail customers, year-round in Boston’s South End and at the Boston Public Market. In recent years, we launched our beloved Kids’ Farm Share designed to get kids into the kitchen and connected to their food, plus our Community Sponsored Farm Share and Workplace CSA programs to expand access to our produce to households throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
Harvest: Of course, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without our dedicated staff and wonderfully supportive customers, family, and friends — so, thank you, Cheers, and Happy Cooking!
Meet Our Team
Farmer Chris got hooked on farming in the mid-90's as a student of biology, philosophy and environmental studies at Williams College, and never turned back. He loves growing food on the Massachusetts farmland he grew up on, and is so touched by all the support the farm has felt over the years from family, friends, and our amazing community of customers. When not bouncing between staff meetings, office duties, and field tours, Farmer Chris loves to cultivate carrots for 8 hours straight; bring surprise veggies home for Chef Ana to cook with; watch their daughter Siena ride her horse Legacy around the farm; roughhouse with Legacy's best friend Aggie the Cow; and go on field romps with Farm Pup Rory!
Mike oversees all farm related activities and operations year-round, from farm infrastructure improvements to planning and executing the crop plan. Mike has over a decade of farming experience, five of those years spent right here at Siena Farms. Mike developed and honed his skills in western MA working on large scale organic farms while getting an education from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst, majoring in Sustainable Food & Farming. Mike's primary focus in agriculture is growing quality, nutritious food in a sustainable manner that is good for the earth, the environment, and the people who enjoy the food he grows. On any given day you can find Mike out on a tractor working the land, in his shop/office making repairs, or around the farm facility working on updates and improvements.
Grady has a background in production farming, and started his farming career as an intern at Idylwilde Farm in Acton, MA. He earned a degree in Sustainable Food & Farming from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. Grady is primarily interested in sustainability and healing the land through agriculture.
Before joining the farm, Mishreky had experience in small-scale urban farming and was a research assistant at the University of Rhode Island where he received his MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. His interests in agriculture are focused on pest/pathogen identification and management, on-farm climate change response, and working to expand the diversity of fruit and vegetable crops available to growers and consumers in the Northeast.
Grace came to Siena Farms to merge her love for the outdoors with her desire to positively impact her community. Her favorite part about working on the farm is packing the hundreds of veggie-filled boxes, and knowing that wherever they go next, they will bring healthy produce and (hopefully) lots of joy.
Kyra has a background in environmental science and sustainable agriculture. Her family has been part of a local CSA since she was young, which inspired her to work on a farm after grad school. Her favorite farm tasks include greenhouse seeding and harvesting kale. She draws inspiration from the seasonal produce to cook up delicious treats for her family and friends.
A lifelong lover of food, Peter began gardening from a young age with his dad and started working on farms in high school and college. He loves the tangible rewards of working with dirt and veggies. When not at the farm you can find him walking around the city, doing crossword puzzles, or cooking too much food for one person.
Anna’s appreciation for food and agriculture was influenced by both her childhood in rural North Carolina, and time spent working at an agricultural university in Yerevan, Armenia. She joined the Siena Farms team after her time in academia studying food policy and public health to further explore and understand local food systems. She has recently developed a deep interest in flower production, and you can often find her in our dahlia test patch with her dog, Hank.
Rachel has a background in biology and was drawn to food and agriculture from a public health perspective -- to her, food is medicine, and getting healthy, local veggies into as many hands as possible is what she believes is the best (and most delicious) way to create a sustainable future. You can find her roaming the fields with her dog, Mando, and researching recipes for our weekly CSA newsletters.
Retail Manager, Boston Public Market
JB stumbled into food and agriculture after working as a theatrical designer for many years. In addition to managing our retail operations at the Boston Public Market, JB develops recipes for our newsletter and forages wild foods in his free time. You can see some of his work at jbdouglas.org
Retail Manager, Siena Farms South End
Ruby is passionate about engaging with her community through food and local agriculture with the ultimate goal of alleviating food insecurity. She loves finding creative ways to use seasonal produce in the kitchen and believes there is no greater joy than sharing a home cooked meal with friends and family.