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!


MJ Oviatt

MJ is majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies and has worked at Sola Gratia Farm as well as the SSF. This year, she will be managing production and sales for our Farm Stand on the Quad.



Paul Tisch

Paul is studying Music Technology and Atmospheric Science at UIUC. In his spare time he works like a beast at the SSF and he also plays bass/guitar and sings in a band called Puzzlequest.


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Sarah Brown

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!