Matt started at the SSF in January of 2013 as the assistant manager, and took over management of the farm in the spring of 2015. Matt is a native of Urbana, and got started in agriculture at a student farm at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. After finishing his degree Matt decided he wanted to come back home to C-U and had a diverse set of jobs before coming on at the SSF including working at a local farm in the area, working as a carpenter, and as a full time musician.
Ben came to us after working at Sola Gratia Farm in Urbana IL. He studied sustainable agriculture at the Evergreen State College and has since spent time working on farms, directing a summer camp and doing construction work. He is happy to be back in an educational setting where people get to learn about producing food in a way that is good for people and the earth. Along with farming, you'll see Ben around town working toward ending cash bail, dancing or walking with his grandmother.
MJ is a senior in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies and has worked at Sola Gratia Farm as well as the SSF. She is a passionate environmentalist, organizing with SECS, and constantly looking for ways to get rid of lawns. You'll find MJ cooking up seasonal produce and riding her bike down country roads. This year, she will be managing production and sales for our Farm Stand on the Quad.
Sarah has been working at the SSF since August 2017. Before moving to Illinois, she lived and worked at an organic farming community in northern California for over a year. She is a master’s student studying sustainable agriculture in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at UIUC. Her interests include exploring agroecology and food systems from both natural science and social science perspectives, and she loves the experience of getting to work on a farm!