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
Anne Boucher, Vice-President
Jon Gorham, Vice-President
Cathy Wick, Treasurer
Amey Marrella, Secretary
Roxy Buda
Jim Calkins
Louisa Cunningham

David Schneider
Cathy Shufro

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, Robyn Stewart]

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.

Legal Committee [Chair, David Schneider]

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

Nominating Committee [Co-Chairs Cathy Shufro and Cathy Wick]

The Nominating Committee is in charge of searching out new committee members as well as new officers and directors.

Executive Director Caty Poole

 

Caty Poole came to the farm after a long career as a corporate paralegal in the biotechnology sector, where she gained experience in communications, strategic planning, budgeting and project management. Caty grew up bouncing back and forth between coasts before her family settled in Hawaii, where she was exposed to a community based in agriculture. After graduating high school, she returned to New Jersey, worked, raised a family, and remained actively involved in her church’s mission outreach programs to feed the hungry. She was an active backyard gardener, cultivating vegetables and grapes and honing her canning skills. Over time, Caty became increasingly aware of the lack of access to healthy, affordable food in her community. Caty worked with a neighborhood association to create a community garden where excess food was donated to a nearby soup kitchen. She returned to school in 2007 to complete a degree in sociology and communications, and during that time, decided to move into the nonprofit community intent on continuing her efforts in food access/justice.

After many visits to the area, Caty moved to New Haven following the completion of her degree in 2010. Since arriving, Caty has volunteered with New Haven Farms, CitySeed 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 part-time outreach & development coordinator and field hand. She was named executive director in 2013.

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

 

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Assistant Farm Manager Alyssa DesRosier

Alyssa has been with Massaro Farm since August 2013. Prior to farming, she had been working in the garden center industry after graduating from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. Alyssa now lives in Fairfield with her husband and two cats, and spends a lot of her free time working on quilts and other crafting projects.

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Diane Litwin – Third Year Farm Staff

Diane grew up right around the corner from Massaro Farm and has been a resident of New Haven for the past three years. She spent her college years in the Hudson Valley and received a degree in elementary education. Since then, she has taken her degree outside and worked as a farmer or environmental/ agricultural educator in Boston, the Hudson Valley, and New Haven. Before making the move back to her CT roots, Diane was the assistant farm manager on an educational farm in New York. Bringing her love for education, farming, and her hometown, Diane is looking forward to spending another farm season with Massaro.

Tyler Cofrancesco – Third Year Farm Staff

Ed Roden – Second Year Farm Staff

Genna Wechsler – Fourth Summer Farm Staff

Dan Seltzer – Third Summer Farm Staff

Joceyln Mongillo – First Summer Farm Staff

Jonathon Heinly – First Summer Farm Staff

Ella Halpine – First Summer Farm Staff