Ryan oversees all day to day operations of the business. In middle school Ryan started a seasonal Christmas tree business, starting his first entrepreneurial adventure. In high school, he also worked at Davis Farmland, one of the largest agricultural tourism destinations in the country. From there he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for Agricultural Business and went on to start Lilac Hedge Farm. The business started as a hobby farm on many leased parcels of land in the town of Berlin where Ryan grew up. It has now grown into a 400 acre livestock operation (his Holden farm purchased in 2015 and Rutland farm purchased in 2020) and he is now one of the leading livestock producers in the state. Ryan is actively involved in the industry serving as Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Vice President, former Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair, and has served on the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation State Board of Directors for over 10 years.
Jimmy came to work for Lilac Hedge in the fall of 2018 with a lifetime of experience in animal agriculture managing his family's dairy farm.
Jimmy has a dynamic role on our farm, overseeing crop production, animal health and breeding, equipment maintenance, construction projects and more.
Jimmy attended SUNY Cobleskill for Agricultural Business, and plays an active role in his town Conservation District, and serves on various farm and dairy boards.
He and his wife Heidi enjoy raising their three young children while both working full time on the farm. Fondly called "Jim Dad" by many of the younger staff, he's a valuable resource and leader for our farm team.
Ashley was a welcomed new addition to our staff when she joined Lilac Hedge Farm in September, 2018. Agriculture has always been a part of Ashley's life as she grew up on a farm and was always involved in 4-H. For Lilac Hedge Farm, she is in charge of the sales for farmer’s markets, retail and wholesale accounts and day-to-day operations. This often requires juggling several factors at once to keep everyone on schedule. Ashley has a solid knowledge of our meat products based on her previous experience working for Adams Slaughterhouse. She is married, mother to two busy teenagers and manages her own extensive collection of pets at home.
Heidi didn't grow up in agriculture but after spending years in corporate offices in management roles she decided to branch out and join the farming community. Now with nearly 15 years of agricultural experience in vegetables, meat, and dairy, she brings her team management, marketing, and customer service experience to our management team.
She and her husband James, our Farm Manager, have three children (ages 9, 7, and 5) that join us on the farm frequently. She is deeply involved in Farm Bureau, our states and nations largest grassroots farming organization. At the state level she leads as Worcester County President and holds a seat on the national Promotion & Education Committee. She is on her town's Agricultural Commission, local Lion's Club board, and PTO board.
Heidi has a passion for local food of all types and enjoys both growing and cooking. She is our go-to for recipes and food preparation insight. Her favorite part of her job is how it constantly evolves as the business grows and how she can help shape our farm's future.
Erin joined the team in 2021. Before joining LHF, she was an Early Childhood teacher for many years. Erin and her husband also ran a disc golf course and pro shop. She is a very passionate disc golf player and has competed in and helped run many disc golf tournaments in the area and throughout the country. 2023 marks 25 years that she has played the sport (She is also trying to convince Ryan to build a course on our property one of these days too). Her favorite part time job in her younger years was working on a farm where she was actually Ryan's assistant manager at his first job when he was just in middle school! Her main job at the farm now is to manage both the packing house and delivery teams that package and deliver all of our orders. She processes all payments and then make sure every customer's order gets added to a delivery route for each day. She also manages the customer service side of things through emails and by answering the packing house phone most days. Erin is also in charge of making sure all orders get packed and delivered safely to your doorstep.
Ann’s full time job is owner of Research Concepts LLC. As founder of Research Concepts, Ann is responsible for building and overseeing the company’s business development, client services and day-to-day operations. She has worked on both the end user and supplier side of the research business, giving her an extensive background in on-line surveys, panel functionality, management, data analysis, reporting and promoting best practices. Prior to founding Research Concepts in 1993, Ann was Director of Research at Network World, Inc., an IDG company where she was responsible for all of the advertising, editorial and custom research projects. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With Lilac Hedge Farm Ann is responsible for bookkeeping, payroll, accounting and taxes.
Mason Boyce has been part of the “farmily” for over two years. He first started scooping ice cream and then moved over to the farm store before showing interest in the inner workings of the farm kitchen. Mason quickly became proficient in the prepared foods division as well as honing his skills as a line cook - his favorite role in the kitchen. In addition to these responsibilities, Mason was very eager to cross-train in all the kitchen and bar positions to ensure he would be able to jump in and help where and when needed.
Mason’s hard work and passion for cooking paid off when he was promoted to Food Service Manager in the Summer of 2023. Along with the rest of the food service team, Mason ensures the kitchen runs efficiently while maintaining the high quality of our offerings.
He is currently a Bachelor of Science student at Fitchburg State University majoring in game design with a minor in computer science. He is also an avid hiker and really enjoys the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
Sue joined Lilac Hedge Farm after retiring from 36 years of teaching Fitness and Wellness and brings her passion for health education to the job. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and later earned her Master's Degree in Public Health from Worcester State College.
After many years of bringing Lilac Hedge Farm products to farmers markets across the state, Sue’s role in sales has become focused on one location, the Farm Stand at our Overlook Farm. She continues to be involved with the farmers market application, preparation and packing process, creates much of the signage and promotional materials, dabbled with reviving the farm flower gardens and is basically willing to do any special project.
Before coming to work on the hedge, Kara has worked in a gambit of job fields, from retail and an office job, to working for other farms. And if her all time job wasn’t enough to fill her plate, Kara also has a small business as a pet/farm sitter in her off time. When she’s not working one of her two jobs, she is spending time with her friends (some of whom she met at the farmers markets we attend), listening to music, and reading. She also breaks out her creativity and dusts off her photography degree from Fitchburg State) but taking candid photos, making delicious food that then gets shared among friends and coworkers, and trying her hand at different craft projects that come to mind. And because of her long history with the non profit Heifer Farm that previous owned our Rutland farm, she has become a fount of knowledge on the property that have proven very useful.
Kara joined the team in 2021, starting as part of our farmers market team and a farm store cashier. Since starting her career here, she has filled in for multiple jobs on our farm like bartender, working in our kitchens, and also helping out with some farm chores when needed. She jokes that she’s done just about every job Lilac Hedge has to offer! If you’ve been to the markets at Roslindale, Falmouth or Somerville, or stopped in at the store, you’ve probably seen her helping customers and keeping things neat and organized, always with a smile on her face and ready to help.
Elizabeth has been part of the Lilac Hedge “farm-ily” since September 2021 when she joined as an ice cream scooper. She has helped to build a strong team, training new staff, taking the lead with customer service, and brainstorming new ideas for tasty ice cream creations. She assists customers in our farm store, pitches in to help kitchen staff when needed, and enjoys working with our younger guests during our special movie events and with craft projects here at the farm! Elizabeth was recently promoted to manager of ice cream and looks forward to continued success with our ice cream service.
Zach joined the LHF team in august of 2021. He originally started with scooping ice cream at the farm stand, but we quickly realized his skills would be best utilized elsewhere on the farm. Now Zach does a little bit of everything! He oversees all landscaping and facilities at Overlook Farm and works with our livestock ensuring they are happy and healthy while they are at our farm.
In his free time, Zach enjoys being outdoors, and you can often find him ATVing or fishing with his friends. Zach is also heavily involved with the boy scouts and is working on achieving his Eagle Scout Badge.