Meet Our Staff

Kohei Ishihara

Founder and Director

Kohei is the founder and director of Movement Ground Farm. A native of Maryland, Kohei first moved to Rhode Island to attend Brown University. Upon graduating, he co-founded Providence Youth Student Movement (PRYSM), a youth development and community organizing agency, which works to empower and educate Southeast Asian youth.

After 10 years leading PRYSM, and a brief time living in California, Kohei started taking classes and learning everything he could about farming. In 2013, Kohei moved back to Massachusetts and began working with Cooks Valley Farm in Wrentham and Freedom Food Farm in Raynham. Soon there after he founded Movement Ground Farm on a property in Berkley, MA after graduating from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course.

Kohei loves connecting with community, cooking for guests, fishing and most activities involving the ocean.

Keely Curliss

Farm Manager

Keely is a queer Nipmuc farmer, youth worker and community organizer who grew up in Cambridge and lived most of her adult life in Boston. Keely has committed the last 13 seasons to growing and cultivating vegetables, flowers, herbs and medicines in spaces of all sizes, from her small second floor back porch to a 31 acre farm operation and many farms between.

Prior to Movement Ground Farm, Keely had the pleasure to farm alongside and design programming for rad teenagers at The Food Project, the same organization she began farming with as a young person. 

When not tending to plants and land, Keely can be found organizing as a part of the leadership team of Rooted in Community, a national network of youth, food and environmental justice organizations and with the board of trustees for the Northeastern Farmers of Color (NEFOC) land trust. Keely is also a member of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective, an intertribal collective of womxn and two spirit people who are working with their communities to restore traditional life ways, food ways and uplift rematriation.

Keely enjoys day dreaming of a world post capitalism and the exploitation of mother earth’s gifts and imagining and planning for apocalyptic times. Outside of farming Keely adores hanging out with curious little ones, cooking and hiking or lying on the beach.