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 the yard. These roots developed an appreciation of farming and healthy eating that would develop into interests in regenerative agriculture, food insecurity 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 successful professional career at Dole Fresh Fruit International working collaboratively with a diverse, multi-cultural team promoting fresh produce, nutrition education and sustainable practices for over two decades are a part of her motivation to pivot to this new role.
When Dole relocated her position, Lisa decided to stay in the Garden State. She has lived in Morris County for 20 years; 17 of them in Morris Township. Her children attend the Morris School District public schools and her kids have appreciated first-hand the education 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.
She has been amazed by her position allowing her to learn about and more deeply appreciate the local community working with the greater Morris County organizations, schools, 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.
Lisa Alexander, Executive Director (she/her/hers)
Shaun Ananko, Director of Agriculture & 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 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 has a beehive site in Morristown at Early Street Community Garden and offers mentoring and beehive management services throughout Northern New Jersey.
Tina Miller, Farm Educator (she/ her/ hers)
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 20 years of teaching experience and has been with Grow It Green Morristown since 2017. Prior to being known as "Farmer Tina", she taught middle school science for 12 years and outdoor environmental education for 5 years. She graduated from Lafayette College with a BS Geology degree and Environmental Science minor. She also has her Masters degree in Education. She loves being able to give children the opportunity to try fresh, organic food and appreciate the beauty of nature at The Urban Farm or in their school gardens. She designs and implements farm-based programming for Pre-K through high school level students. She currently teaches field trips at The Urban Farm, provides on-site garden programming for four Morris area preschools, and teaches within numerous classrooms in the Morris School District. All in all, she educates more than 800 students per year. The goal of her programming is to provide the students with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be life-long healthy eaters and stewards of the environment
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.
Sarah Feigelman, Community Outreach & Marketing Manager (she/her/they/them)
Sarah is our newest team member at Grow It Green Morristown, managing our marketing initiatives and Early Street Community Garden!
Sarah got really into food in college, while living in a student cooperative (Slade Ecological Cooperative) that sourced food from local farms, businesses, and a community garden in place of a campus meal plan.
Sarah has footholds in many different pockets of the food system, including restaurants, production, farming, policy, youth work, community outreach, and urban agriculture. Last year, Sarah worked as an educator, serving as a FoodCorps service member in Paterson, NJ, where they taught food- and garden- themed lessons at an elementary school.
After spending 5 years in Vermont studying and working in ecology, food systems and community development, Sarah returned home to North Jersey with the intention of giving back to the community in which she was raised. Sarah is a passionate outdoorsperson, and loves getting her hands dirty!
Ann Kent, Development Manager (she/her/hers)
Ann is thrilled to have joined the team at Grow It Green Morristown. She has over 15 years of professional experience in corporate, legal, and non-profit marketing and communications work with a strong interest in local, healthy food, and the importance of our education program. As a volunteer, Ann helped to rebuild the Woodland School Garden and serves as the Co-Chair the Landscaping and Gardening Committee at Woodland. Last spring, she planted with each grade level at the school.
She grew up in Morristown and has three young children who love visiting the Urban Farm. Farmer Tina taught her children in the Morris School District and at The Presbyterian Church of Morristown’s Nursery School.
Peter Aresty, Seasonal Farm Assistant (he/him/his)
Peter was born in Morristown and later grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ and Colorado. Through lots of traveling based around nature and wildlife, he quickly grew a passion for the outdoors and the environment. Peter received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Rollins College, and spent a few years in Philadelphia and Virginia working in Wealth Management before moving back to Morristown. He is happy to be working in a position much more geared towards his interests and degree and continuing his education in this field. In his spare time, Peter enjoys running with his dog Sammy and playing soccer and beach volleyball.
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.
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