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Our Team

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Lisa Alexander

Executive Director (she/her/hers)

As a child, Lisa enjoyed visiting her grandparents at their farm, riding the tractor, feeding the pigs and picking fresh blackberries. She was fortunate to grow up with a family vegetable garden and fruit trees in Arizona. Growing up in Arizona, she developed a respect for Native Americans growing up next to the Salt River Indian Community which is comprised of two Native American tribes: the “Akimel O’Odham” (River People) and the “Xalychidom Piipaash” (People who live toward the water), also commonly known as the Pima and Maricopa. These roots developed an appreciation of farming and healthy eating that would develop into interests in indigenous agriculture, self sufficiency and sustainable living. From her own experience, Lisa holds firmly the belief that we cannot underestimate the impact that teaching children early on where food comes from has on their nutritional choices and overall health. The ability to make healthy food choices and enjoy open spaces are a right and necessity for all persons in order to build successful, equitable communities particularly in a time of increasing urbanization.  ​ Lisa comes from a professional career at Dole Fresh Fruit International. Working collaboratively with a diverse, multi-cultural team in Latin America promoting fresh produce, nutrition education and sustainable practices for over two decades is a part of her motivation to make change happen. ​ When Dole relocated her position, Lisa decided to stay in the Garden State. She has lived in Morris County for over 20 years primarily in Morris Township. Her children attend the Morris School District public schools, and her kids have appreciated first-hand the educational sessions provided by Grow It Green. Lisa has volunteered as a leader with the Girl Scouts, and her husband has volunteered as a coach for multiple Morristown sports.  ​ Being curious and always willing to listen and learn are essential to her role at Grow It Green. She deeply appreciates the local community- working with NJ organizations, schools, churches, business owners and neighbors to support each other in a combined mission to address nutritional and racial inequity while inspiring wellness and environmentally sustainable choices.

Shaun Ananko

Director of Agriculture and Education (he/him/his)

A native to Morristown, Shaun Ananko began developing his love for farming as a small child when his mother taught him how to grow tomatoes in their home garden. Now as Farmer Shaun for Grow It Green Morristown, he is proud to share his knowledge of sustainable food cultivation with the Morristown community and students of local schools. Shaun’s career prior to joining the Urban Farm included 10 years at the former Health Shoppe in Morristown, managing operations for their online vitamin business. Shaun has a degree in Agriculture from Community College of Morris and completed an internship with a Morristown-based CSA at Valley Vue Farm. Shaun challenges himself each year to finds ways to learn more to increase the impact of the organization listening to the members of the town to become more inclusive, recognizing the rich diversity of the neighborhoods where the farm and garden thrive. An urban learning farm is a unique resource to welcome others into the study of land stewardship, water conservation and integrated pest management. Through his experiences and studies, Shaun was also brought into the world of beekeeping in 2007 and has delved into apiary practice with an emphasis on treatment-free strategies for breeding strong and healthy bees. As the Grow It Green Farmer, Shaun teaches classes on the life cycle of honeybees and the crucial role they play in feeding our world through pollination. He has a beehive site in Morristown at Early Street Community Garden and offers mentoring and beehive management services throughout Northern New Jersey.

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Marley Weaver

Assistant Farmer (she/they)

Marley grew up in the city of Rahway playing in the dirt, climbing trees and fences, and collecting insects. She was lucky enough to have an active family that introduced her to the outdoors through camping and sailing, activities which taught her the joys of working outdoors with her hands and learning practical skills. 

In high school, she began working in the restaurant industry, fueling an already well-established love of food. She continued to work in restaurants through college where she studied biology, literature, and psychology.

 

During her studies, she developed a passion for environmental and ecological sciences, equitable and sustainable food systems, and social justice. These passions encouraged a natural interest in farming, and she began to experiment in her own yard with a vegetable, herb, and flower garden. She's so glad to be at Grow It Green where she can learn more about farming, put her interests and knowledge to good use, and continue to play in the dirt.  

Kim Haupt

Education and Garden Manager (she/her/hers)

Kim is a graduate of Drew University with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Biology. Her love of the outdoors began in childhood as she spent much of her time outside, growing vegetables with her dad in the backyard garden and exploring the shores of the Barnegat Bay. Her interest in growing food and spending time outside followed into her adolescent and adult life. In 2019, Kim first came to Grow It Green as a student volunteering in one of Drew’s Community Based Learning classes as a part of the Civic Scholar Program. After the semester ended, Kim continued as a volunteer and intern at Grow It Green during her 4 years at Drew. With a background in informal outdoor education, Kim strives to provoke a sense of wonder in the students she works with, making them excited to experience and learn about the world around them. She looks forward to spending time with Grow It Green and expanding her skills as an educator.

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Andeana Gonzales

Winter Market Manager (she/her/hers)

Growing up in rural New Jersey, Andeana was a playful kid; stealing tomatoes from her mother's garden, climbing trees, and swimming in the creek by her house. She was a true nature lover from the get go and a bit of rebel as well. She lives the message her father continues to tell her, "the best room in the house is outside."

While growing up, Andeana realized she was an extrovert that really liked working with the public. After 10 years working at a library in Warren County, she decided to break away and start a new life in the great outdoors. Wanting to do something new and different she decided to take a farm job in California. Immediately she felt at home in the fresh air. Since 2016, Andeana has worked on a variety of farms in California, Georgia and Pennsylvania. She values small farms that share the same values as her: sustainability, eco-friendly, organic and community oriented. 

Andeana loves bringing the market to the community!

Christine Malloy

Operations Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Growing up on Long Island, Christine spent her summers out east at a 4-H camp, working on the farm there, picking plums and chasing chickens. She developed a love of berry crumb pies and summer tomatoes. This love of food eventually led Christine to the French Culinary Institute where she learned everything from souffle prep to braising beef cheeks. She expected to work in food media, but quickly fell in love with the adrenaline of working in restaurant kitchens. Christine worked on the line at the Waldorf Astoria, One if by Land, Two if By Sea and finally at the renowned Gramercy Tavern. Gramercy Tavern exposed her to a world of flavors and local ingredients, and she transitioned into the esteemed pastry program. There, she rose the ranks to pastry sous chef and she was responsible for all levels of production, making ice creams, doughs, batters and menu planning.  Eventually, she traded in her toque for a minivan, raising two daughters in New Jersey with her husband and dog. Christine is the consummate volunteer, working behind the scenes as a Girl Scout leader, Home and School Association President, Green Team chairperson and other volunteer posts that she is too tired to enumerate. Ultimately, she likes helping people and feeding them and Grow It Green Morristown aligns perfectly with what she likes to do best: exposing people to seasonal produce and helping people grow confidence to get their hands dirty planting their own gardens.

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Adrienne Novak

Development Manager (she/her/hers)

Adrienne joined Grow It Green Morristown in March 2024, bringing a wealth of experience and passion to her new role as our Development Manager. As a long-time volunteer in a wide variety of community-based organizations, she was thrilled to become part of the team. Adrienne was deeply involved with many parent-led school programs related to art, literacy and sustainability. As a member of her daughter’s elementary school Green Team, she helped build the school garden and taught gardening lessons as a parent volunteer, and was involved in implementing other “green” initiatives throughout the school. In all her various roles in multiple organizations, Adrienne has been involved in the planning and running of social fundraisers and large-scale community events. Aditionally, Adrienne is on the board of the Friends of the Madison Public Library, where she is responsible for all individual giving, and volunteers regularly with the Interfaith Food Pantry and nourish.nj. She also sits on her town’s Historic Preservation Commission and Zoning Board. Prior to her time working in Development and volunteering, Adrienne worked in corporate Human Resources in both the Performing Arts and Fortune 500 companies. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, gardening and playing golf, following the local real estate market, and spending time with her husband, kids and cats.

Emanuel Vasquez

Farm Apprentice (he/him/his)

From Dover, NJ, Emanuel is a grower, steward of the land, and advocate of food justice and resiliency in his community. He is always finding ways to give more to the earth than he can take, and through gardening, he found just that. He has worked for many nonprofit farms, such as Newark Science & Sustainability, and wants to one day have access to land so that he can grow fresh organic produce for, and with, his community. Emanuel is a student at Montclair State University studying sustainability and is currently a Power in Land, Agriculture, Climate, and Equity (PLACE) Fellow for the National Young Farmers Coalition.

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High School Interns

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