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 350 acre livestock operation in Holden purchased in 2015 and one of the leading livestock producers in the state. Ryan is actively involved in the industry serving as Worcester County Farm Bureau President, former Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair, and has served on the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation State Board of Directors for over 7 years.
Meghan Gennings (Livestock Manager) - Meg came to work for the farm in 2015 after looking to relocate to Massachusetts for her boyfriends’ job at the time. It was then Meg left her job grading eggs in Connecticut full time for the USDA and came on as Livestock Manager at Lilac Hedge. Meg lives on the farm full time with her boyfriend Jon, and is charge of overseeing livestock care and management. Meg has a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Masters in Agricultural Education from NC State. In addition to managing the livestock, Meg is also a professor at the University of New Hampshire. There she teaches classes such as Livestock Management, Introduction to Animal Science, and Animal Breeding. Meg is also actively involved in Massachusetts Farm Bureau, serving as Promotions & Education Committee Chair and Director at Large on the State Board of Directors
Jimmy came to work for Lilac Hedge in the fall of 2018 after working at his family's dairy farm for many years. Jimmy has a dynamic role on our farm, overseeing crop production, animal health and breeding, 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.
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.
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. Sue works hand and hand with Ashley our Retail Manager helping oversee many aspects of the retail portion of our business. She probably should have a title, but there are too many jobs she does to lump into one category. Sue attends farmers markets, manages much of the signage and promotional materials, recipes, delivery logistics and more.
Kerry attended Wachusett Regional High School, then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She worked as an account manager for a trade show company until the market changed post 9/11. She has been employed by Wachusett Mountain Ski Area since 2002, working as Office Manager and Web Manager. She is married to a chef and mother to two school aged children. Together they manage a hobby farm as well as a catering business. At Lilac Hedge Farm Kerry manages the online CSA portal, newsletters, and billing for the share program.
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.
Sarah has been with our farm for many years. Sarah can do just about all rolls, from animal care, farmers markets, washing eggs, and more. When we decided to open our Ice Cream Stand in Spring 2019 Sarah moved into the roll of creamery manager. There she can be found managing staff, making ice cream and keeping everything moving.
If you live or vacation on Cape Cod, you have the opportunity to purchase our products at the Provincetown, Chatham and Falmouth Farmer's Markets. Doug manages our vendor booth with great pride, excitement and knowledge of our inventory. He also coordinates our off season orders and holiday roasts for all of the Cape.