Boards, Committees & Staff

Massaro Community Farm, Inc.

Massaro Community Farm, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Board of Directors

Tassos Kyriakides, President
Jon Gorham, Vice-President
Cathy Wick, Treasurer/Vice-President
Anne Boucher,  Secretary
Jim Calkins
Louisa Cunningham
Amey Marella

David Schneider
Cathy Shufro
Bob Tucker

Alan Tyma

Committees

Our standing committees generally meet monthly to carry out the work of MCF. We also occasionally appoint ad hoc committees to attend to situational needs. If you are interested in joining one or more committees, or have questions or comments, please email us at nominate@massarofarm.org. Thank you.

Development Committee [Chair, Jon Gorham]

The Development Committee seeks to cultivate key relationships with members, donors and businesses, and to devise fundraising to enable and enhance the mission of the farm.

Education Committee [Chair, Corey  Thomas]

The MCF Education Committee advises on creating and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to come together to enjoy growing, preparing, and eating healthy organic food, to learn about the natural environment and responsible stewardship of the land; and to promote sustainable practices that will enhance the quality of life in our community.

Facilities Committee 

The Facilities Committee is a joint committee of the MCF and Farm boards and oversees the physical infrastructure of the farm.

Nominating Committee 

The Nominating Committee is charged with finding suitable candidates to be nominated for board membership, as well as to serve as officers of the organization. They meet periodically as needed.

Legal Committee [Chair, David Schneider]

The legal committee exists to provide legal and quasi-legal services to the MCF and the CSA.

Executive Director, Caty Poole

 

Caty Poole came to the farm after a long career in the life sciences industry,  where she gained experience in various aspects of management and communications. Caty spent her formative years growing up in Hawaii before returning to New Jersey to raise a family. All the while, she remained active in gardening and community outreach before getting involved in food justice issues. Prior to coming to Massaro, Caty led the creation of a new community garden in an urban food desert, where excess food was donated to a nearby soup kitchen.

Caty moved to New Haven in 2010 after getting her B.A in communications. Since then,  Caty has volunteered with New Haven Farms, CitySeed, DESK and the New Haven Food Policy Council. She began her tenure at Massaro in the winter of 2012, first as a volunteer, then as a field hand and outreach & development coordinator. She was named executive director in 2013.

 

Operations Assistant, Rebecca Toms

Originally from Trumbull, Becca Toms joined Massaro Community as Operations Assistant in April 2017.  Before coming to Massaro, Becca lived outside of Boston while she got her MSW at Boston University.  While (and after) pursuing this, she worked at Natick Community Organic Farm  for 4 years as the assistant grower and in the office as she concurrently got a certificate in Horticultural Therapy and Holistic Farm Management.  She moved to Milford in the fall of 2015 to be with her partner Dave.  Since moving,  she has been involved with Solar Youth and trying to find ways to integrate herself into the New Haven scene.  She brings  her experience and love for gardening and overseeing general farm operations.

Education Director, Corey Thomas

Corey joined Massaro Community Farm as Education Director in May of 2017. Corey received his Bachelors from UConn in Animal Science. After graduation, he worked as a writer for UConn Extension and as a farm hand to experience local agriculture. Before joining Massaro Community Farm, Corey completed his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Agriculture Education. He has a passion for farm-based education, working previously for an educational livestock farm on Martha’s Vineyard as well as an educational vegetable farm in Storrs. Corey has taught in a variety of educational settings, from guest lectures on college campuses to rural classrooms in Ghana. Corey is thrilled to apply his passion for education and agriculture to benefit the community and help students experience the amazing opportunities farming and agriculture has to offer.

 

Massaro Farm CSA

Massaro Farm Community Supported Agriculture is a non-profit organization sharing similar values and goals with Massaro Community Farm, Inc, but acting independently in its government.

Board of Directors

Suzanne Werth, President
Virginia Schneider, Vice President
Dave Speranzini, Treasurer
Suzanne Rosenberg, Secretary
Jennifer Madonia
Namita Wijesekera

Farm Manager, Steve Munno

Farmer Steve is originally from Long Island and is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. After graduation in 2001, Steve’s work in field science and wilderness skills education took him to California, where he lived for five years. During this time, Steve began to hone his skills in agriculture. Always a food lover and long time supporter of local farms, Steve found his work in the wilderness continually pointed toward the importance of healthy food and its connection to healthy communities and healthy land. Inspired to be more involved with food and farming, he volunteered with a local farmer for two years before enrolling in the UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Upon completion of this Apprenticeship, Steve stayed on for second year at UC Santa Cruz serving as a teacher and assistant manager in a 2+ acre market garden growing a tremendous variety of vegetables, flowers, fruit and perennials.  He then returned to the east coast to work for The Food Project in Lincoln, MA.  Steve managed the greenhouse on this 30-acre farm and helped provide for a 400-member CSA, supply food to farm stands in Boston, donate produce to hunger relief organizations and offer educational opportunities to youth and community organizations in the greater Boston area. At the end of 2009, Steve came to Massaro Farm to revive the land and bring the fields at Massaro Farm back into production.

CSA Staff

 

Assistant Farm Manager Alyssa DesRosier

Alyssa DesRosier, originally from Hamden, always knew she wanted to work with plants, but couldn’t quite find her niche. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and certificates in Horticultural Therapy and Environmental Sustainability from Temple University in 2010, she came back to Connecticut and started working in organic and non-organic garden centers and nurseries. Nothing quite clicked until she attended the CT NOFA 2013 Winter Conference and heard a talk about CSAs. Five months later, in August, she started working at Massaro Farm and hasn’t looked back since.

When off the farm, Alyssa spends much of her time quilting and crafting, both for fun and for business. She is involved in her mom’s business, Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs, and also creates items to sell in her online Etsy shop, AlyRose Designs. She now lives in Fairfield with her husband Jeff, a band teacher and musician in a traditional Irish band called The Jolly Beggars.

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Sara Servin- First Year Summer Farm Staff

Sara grew up in the neighboring town of Orange and comes back to the area after studying and practicing sustainable food and agriculture in Washington, DC and in Central America. After completing he
r MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Sara moved to Nicaragua, where she continued to develop skills and interests in tropical agroforestry. Her love for connecting people to locally sourced, seasonal food and recipes extends across borders and she is excited to be back home to join the Massaro team for the 2017 season. When she’s not on the farm or at the farmers’ market, Sara can be found fermenting lots of produce or making hot sauce!

Tyler Cofrancesco – Fourth Year Farm Staff

 

Ariana Shapiro- Second Year Summer Farm Staff

After graduating from Yale with a degree in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration studies, Ariana Shapiro joined Massaro to further pursue her commitment to community-building work. In college, she worked for the Yale Sustainable Food Program,  tending to the wood-fired oven and planning group bread bakes. She sees organic farming as an important part of the process of reconnecting people to place. Most of all, she likes jokes, board games, and unions

Taylor Bryant- First Year Summer Farm Staff

My name is Taylor Bryant and I grew up in West Haven, CT.  After graduating high school, I travelled and lived all around the US including Virginia, Colorado, and New York City. I decided to head back home and soon realized I wanted to be more in touch with farming, something my mother introduced me to while partaking in the Beginning Women Farmer’s program through NOFA.  Before joining Massaro, I worked as a florist and was an avid backyard gardener.  I hope to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture within the next couple years and continue farming with a focus on getting good food(and flowers!) to the people who need them most

 

Dan Seltzer – Fourth Year Summer Farm Staff

My name is Daniel Seltzer. I am currently a senior at UConn where I am studying Communications and History. This is my 4th summer working on the farm. My favorite thing to grow (and eat) is watermelon and I love the kittens on the farm.

Adam Kelley- Fifth Year Summer Farm Staff

Adam Kelley is a Massaro “senior,” this being his fifth (non-consecutive) year on the farm. Originally from Woodbridge, he recently graduated from Middlebury College where he studied Russia, linguistics, and Communist thought, while working at various farms in the Middlebury area. Adam is aspiring to be a Grammy-award winning producer, but for now is happy to think up new beats with his hands in the soil.