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Each year, a combination of old and new faces can be found on the farm, making all that we do possible. 

Who's Here Now! 


Having always had a dream of one day owning his own berry farm, Jim decided to buy Astarte in 2014. His background in electrical engineering and atmospheric science, while different from that of the typical farmer, has propelled sustainability research and experimentation here on the farm. 

Farm Owner

Jim Mead


Having spent the last several years traveling around the world and working on various organic farms, and owning her own pop-up restaurant on the coast of Ecuador, Amelia has returned to the Pioneer Valley to...yup, you guessed it...help run her father's farm! 

Co-Farm/Business Manager

Amelia Mead


Ellen Drews joins us as Field Manager/Co-Farm Manager after three years of production farming at Brookfield Farm in Amherst.  Hailing from the upper Midwest, she has been growing food and teaching children and adults about nature for seven years.  She is passionate about no-till farming and the hope it brings for more resilient food systems in the face of climate change.

Co-Farm/Field Manager

Ellen Drews


Founder of Astarte, and longtime organic vegetable grower, Dan is behind it all here on the farm! 

Farm Consultant 

Dan Pratt 

...and we can't forget...



Astarte Farm Is Hiring! 

Position: Crew Member 


Job Description: Astarte Farm in Hadley, MA, is hiring full-time crew members for the 2020 growing season. Come join the team on our beautiful 3.5-acre, certified organic, no-till/no-spray, market-garden. Astarte Farm is one of the Pioneer Valley’s first 100 percent no-till commercial growers, with a strong emphasis on creating pollinator/predator habitats. Crew members will gain extensive experience with all aspects of greenhouse and field production, including but not limited to: seeding, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, harvesting, and all wash/pack house operations essential for deliveries to local markets. This is a FULL-TIME position (40hr/week), in which crew members will be expected to work cohesively within a small team, led by the Production Manager, to maintain quality, efficiency, sustainability, and food-safety standards. The ideal candidate demonstrates clear communication skills, has the ability to follow instructions and work in a group, is self-motivated, and has strong attention to detail. Additionally, applicants must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and be content to work outside in all types of weather. Please keep in mind that weekend work is likely. Applicants with one year or more relevant experience will be given priority.


Start Date & Compensation: Applicants will be expected to start full-time April 1st (depending on weather), with the possibility for part-time work throughout March. Hourly rate of $12+ depending on applicant’s experience and qualifications. 


To Apply: Contact astarte.farm@gmail.com with resume, a brief statement about yourself and interest in sustainable farming, and a minimum of two references. 

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