Matt Turino

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.

Stefan Johnsrud

Stefan is the assistant manager at the farm.  He comes from a background in plant sciences and organic farming, receiving an MS in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois and working four seasons on Organic vegetable farms in Illinois and Wisconsin. Stefan is preparing to start a farm with his significant other in the near future.



Farm record cucumber: 37 inches!

Farm record cucumber: 37 inches!

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Aaron Hand

Aaron has worked at the farm since August of 2015. He is finishing his bachelor's in Crop Sciences and will be working in soil sampling when he is finished. Aaron comes from rural Central Illinois and has a vision to see farms diversified with grains, pasture, and vegetables for a more sustainable future.


Anna has been a hard working member of the SSF team since August 2016. When she is not at the farm, she is studying to finish her bachelor's degree in Horticulture/Pre-medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys working with volunteers and spreading her love of plants to all individuals. 


Alex Lee

Alex started working at the farm in Spring 2017.  He is in his third year studying Computer Engineering and pursuing a minor in Horticulture.  He is motivated to see how advancing technology can be integrated with agriculture to promote a more sustainable and secure food system.