Our Team

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:


Ellen Drews

Farm Manager

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.


Jim Mead

Farm Owner

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. 


Theo Eagle

Tractor Operator/Volunteer Coordinator

Theo is originally from Brooklyn, New York and is currently studying Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass-Amherst. Living in the Pioneer Valley has been quite the adjustment from a bustling city life, but Theo is happier than ever working with the rest of the wonderful crew to grow beautiful produce. He is also living out his boyhood dream of finally operating a tractor. 


Kelsey Davis

Crew Member

Kelsey is from Leverett, MA and is an animal and nature lover, especially of all things fungi. She found Astarte because she wants to learn farming practices that are in line with her values to implement on her own land. No-till organic farming for the win!

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Amelia Mead

Having spent much of her post college career in restaurants, Amelia decided to shift into the production side of food and has discovered a great passion for farming! What she finds especially exciting about working for Astarte is the farm’s dedication to sustainability and being on the cutting edge of figuring out how to sequester carbon through the way we grow our food. How cool is that?! Oh, and she absolutely loves working with such a badass group of fellow farmers who continue to push her, and the way she thinks, every single day.


Dan Pratt 

Farm Grey Beard 

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


Sadie Higgins

Crew Leader, Greenhouse Manager & Social Media Mama

Sadie is from Wellfleet, MA but moved to Western Massachusetts to farm in this beautiful and bountiful valley. Although she misses the ocean, she is so happy to be in the soil and loving plants all day. She is passionate about farming using sustainable practices, fungi,  and making sure that delicious food comes from a happy earth!


Sammy Sweetie

Crew Member

Sammy lives in Northampton, MA and loves being able to be a part of the farming community in the valley! She brings the fashion to Astarte in the form of pink raincoats, bedazzled shirts, pigtails, you name it. She shines especially bright in the spring during asparagus season, her #1 favorite crop!

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