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, staff, and customers to the best of our ability.
We grow our produce using regenerative agricultural practices; free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. We work to build our fields’ soil fertility and beneficial 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, but invite you to trust us that we 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 seventeen 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 Shares and Employer Sponsored Farm Shares to expand access to our produce to households throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New York City.
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.
Before starting at Siena, Laura had been working on diversified vegetable and fruit farms throughout Massachusetts since she was in high school. She earned a B.S. in plant genetics and plant breeding from Cornell University, where she was a research assistant working with apple breeding and gained experience working in large scale agriculture. Her interests in farming are focused on reduced tillage systems and diversification of crops, specifically fruit crops.
Mushroom Production Manager
Lyle’s interest in agriculture arose from his time learning about Biology and Environmental Studies at Brandeis University. After graduation, he decided to take a first-hand role in local food production in order to learn about farming from a farmer’s perspective. Lyle loves working in the outdoors and supporting the farm’s mushroom production, but he finds nothing more satisfying than supplying fresh food to his friends and loved ones.
Assistant Production Manager
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.
Assistant Production Manager
Isaac Hughes has always had an interest in playing an active role in creating more localized and healthier food systems. As a student at Knox College, Isaac studied Environmental Studies and Philosophy, while also working at the Knox College Farm and as an assistant for the Urban Agriculture program. At Siena Farms, Isaac loves twining tomatoes (as long as the twine doesn't get tangled!), harvesting rows and rows of cabbage, and scheming what to cook with all the stunning produce he takes home every week.
Assistant Greenhouse Manager
Hailing from sunny Southern California, Emily grew up working for her godparents' farmers market stand where she learned the importance of supporting family farms and making fresh produce accessible to all. She participated in her high school's Future Farmers of America program and engaged in food justice work in college, as well as continued working for her godparents' farm. As a new resident of Boston, Emily is on a quest to visit every bookstore and brewery in the city, and also enjoys playing in the snow.
Senior Harvest Manager
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.
With a passion for food justice and community development, Ryan’s role on the farm challenges him in all of his favorite ways. He loves learning from his amazing coworkers, forklifting, and anything related to garlic. Ryan is also an experienced bike mechanic and enjoys riding in his spare time!
Assistant Harvest Manager
Before joining the Siena Harvest team, Ken helped out on their family's farm 20 miles outside of Portland, Oregon. They see farming and harvesting as a labor of love and are grateful to work outdoors with fabulous coworkers and friends. They are also a member of Cultivemos, a cohort of queer and trans farmers in the Northeast region.
Assistant Harvest Manager
Following a brief career as a librarian, Lina found their way to Siena Farms after deciding to pursue a long standing interest in local food systems, food justice, and working outside on the land. On the farm they enjoy picking vegetables and working with the ever amazing harvest team. Outside of work, they can be found listening to music, reading, writing, and going on adventures with friends.
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.
At the farm, Sophia is able to merge her environmental science background with her lifelong love of cooking and passion for food sovereignty. She loves hearing from customers who share new and creative recipes, and also looks forward to expanding the Community Sponsored Share Program. On the weekends you can find her grilling up fresh Siena veggies for friends and family.
Assistant Business Manager
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.
Assistant Retail Manager
Having grown up in and around agriculture, Seth considers farming to be a home and lifestyle more than an occupation. With a background in environmental science, Seth is particularly interested in understanding how small scale farms can improve food sovereignty and access. When not on the farm, you can find him biking around, reading, or learning about seeds. His favorite vegetable is onions.
Lauren has a strong passion for cooking healthy meals and loves experimenting in the kitchen with Siena Farms’ seasonal and fresh veggies. She has a background in nutrition and previously helped develop recipes and food content featured on NBC’s Today Show and other national media outlets. Outside of the farm, you can find her on the sidelines of Gillette Stadium as a New England Patriots Cheerleader!
Assistant Retail Manager
Jackson has been involved in small scale urban agriculture for a number of years and is excited for the opportunity and new challenges that come with working at a larger operation like Siena Farms. They are interested in sustainable agriculture, improving food security, and the role of food in building community. In their free time they enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with their cats!
Assistant Retail Manager
Kate found her passion for farming during a summer job on a small organic farm in her hometown after high school, and has been working on all sorts of farms since. Throughout college her interest in local agriculture as a piece to a more just world seeped into all aspects of her studies and being. Having her days full of food and people is a dream for Kate as her favorite pastimes are cooking and talking (about food, or anything really). Besides all things food; crosswords, bananagrams, and walks fill her with joy.
Prior to joining Siena Farms, Turner cared for the layer hens at Codman Farm and honed his harvesting skills at Hutchins Farm. It brings him joy to know that responsible farming can strengthen communities and foster a more resilient planet. As a referee for US Soccer Federation, he officiates high school and semi-professional soccer and futsal.