Farm Manager Ember Fleming discovered her fascination with plants when she took a botany course as a student at McDaniel College in Maryland. A summer spent building and maintaining trails in Massachusetts with the Student Conservation Association awakened a love for working outdoors.
“I decided to try a season of farming and was instantly hooked!” she says. Through her studies as an environmental policy and science major with a concentration in biology, she learned about the importance of diversified farms practicing organic and sustainable methods.
A Duxbury native, Ember worked one season at Dragonfly Farms in Pepperell. She moved on to Siena Farms in Sudbury, where over four years she rose from apprentice to greenhouse manager and senior assistant grower. She came to Stearns Farm as the assistant farm manager in 2017, attracted by the opportunity to get to know sharers during work hours and pickups. “Serving my community is a large reason why I farm,” Ember says. Beets, spinach, broccoli, kale, and “any and all herbs” are her favorite crops to grow.
Ember lives in Hudson with her partner Mike, along with six fish. “We hope our next pet has four legs and a tail,” she says. When she isn’t working, Ember enjoys hiking, reading young adult fantasy novels, tending her own garden, and learning how to make things.