STAFF

 

Prior to joining Grow it Green Morristown, Erica served as Executive Assistant at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference where she honed her nonprofit management skills. Erica also worked as the Outreach and Education Director for the New Jersey Highlands Coalition educating the public on the importance of the Highlands region to the State's drinking water supply. She also represented the Coalition while working with NJ Keep it Green to secure long-term funding for New Jersey's preservation programs. Erica was previously employed as an Environmental Educator at the Meadowlands Environment Center teaching science-based content to students and adults with disabilities. 

Throughout her career, she has developed and presented numerous workshops, lectures, and conferences focusing on environmental issues in the state. Erica grew up in Sussex County, where she learned to love nature and New Jersey, and is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey's Institute of Environmental Studies.

 

 

Erica VanAuken Colace, Executive Director

Shaun Ananko, Director of Agriculture & Education

 

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 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. 

 

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 now also has beehive sites in Morristown and Mendham, and offers mentoring and beehive management services throughout Northern New Jersey.

Tina Miller, Farm Educator

Tina's love of the outdoors and gardening began when she was little growing up near the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch farm country where access to fresh, local food was plentiful. Tina has over 17 years experience teaching in formal classroom settings, along with informal outdoor experiential settings. She taught 8th grade earth science in Bernards Township for over 11 years. More recently, she worked as an environmental educator for Schiff Nature Preserve and as the director of their Summer Nature Program. She also works with New Jersey Audubon Society as a contract teacher-naturalist leading field trips and providing in-class instruction.

 

At home, Tina and her husband tend to a small backyard garden along with their flock of three children and chickens. She is a firm believer in experiential learning and looks forward to sharing Grow It Green Morristown's message of healthy eating and environmental sustainability with the children of Morris County. 

Megan Phelan, Assistant Farmer

Megan is passionate about health and local food systems. She recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied Nutrition and EcoGastronomy (sustainable and integrative food systems). While at UNH, she had the opportunity to work on the university's horticulture research farm and fell in love with farming. After graduating, she moved back to her home state of New Jersey with a desire to build healthy communities with sustainable agriculture. Now, as the Assistant Farmer with Grow It Green Morristown, she is thrilled to do exactly that. 

Megan is also a certified yoga instructor and avid outdoors woman. She has spent many years as an outdoor guide for students at UNH and for a school in Manhattan. She realized that when people spend more time in nature, they become happier and more interested in conservation. When she’s not farming she can be found practicing her vinyasas, hiking, skiing, biking or climbing. 

Megan is passionate about health and local food systems. She recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied Nutrition and EcoGastronomy (sustainable and integrative food systems). While at UNH, she had the opportunity to work on the university's horticulture research farm and fell in love with farming. After graduating, she moved back to her home state of New Jersey with a desire to build healthy communities with sustainable agriculture. Now, as the Assistant Farmer with Grow It Green Morristown, she is thrilled to do exactly that. 

Megan is also a certified yoga instructor and avid outdoors woman. She has spent many years as an outdoor guide for students at UNH and for a school in Manhattan. She realized that when people spend more time in nature, they become happier and more interested in conservation. When she’s not farming she can be found practicing her vinyasas, hiking, skiing, biking or climbing. 

Emma Farwell, Community Outreach Coordinator

New to the Morristown area, Emma joined Grow It Green Morristown as a volunteer to get to know people in the community and to make a difference while doing so. As a member of the staff, she now spends her time working in the office and at the three sites we manage.

 

During the growing season, Emma manages the Early Street Community Garden and helps out at the Urban Farm. She also leads our Pop-up Farm Stand Initiative. Her hardworking attitude is invaluable to keeping things up and running at the farm. Emma is also a crucial part of organizing our many community events. Her background in marketing and her entrepreneurial spirit makes her a perfect fit to to the Grow It Green team!

Grow It Green Morristown is a 501(c)(3) public charity and, in order to maintain this nonprofit status, we must abide by a strict IRS prohibition against involvement in candidate campaigns ("electioneering"). Grow It Green Morristown cannot and does not support or oppose political candidates in any way.

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14 Maple Ave, Suite 300
Morristown, NJ  07960
Phone: 973.206.4177
 

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