Christopher Grallert, President
Chris joined Green City Growers in 2015 as a Partner, Advisor, and Managing Director. He is now the company’s President. With over thirty years of professional experience in organic and sustainable agriculture, Chris is committed to supporting regenerative agricultural models that foster responsible land and soil stewardship. Outside of his role at GCG, Chris is passionately involved with his own farm and home in Millis which includes an extensive library of literature, history and science and artifacts related to all things agriculture. Chris enjoys working alongside his thirteen-year-old nephew in his organic vegetable farm and helping to revive the lost art of mechanical weed control by restoring and repurposing cultivating farm machinery. Chris has degrees from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture (Fruit & Vegetable Production) and the University of Maine (Sustainable Agriculture).
Caitie Dwyer-Huppert, Director of Education & Programs
Caitie joined GCG in March 2018. Caitie graduated from Clark University with a bachelors in Biology and a masters in Education. She loves the intersection of nature, farming, and teaching. After teaching science for 15 years in Worcester and Boston public schools, she earned a masters of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School. She is happy to be developing GCG education programs, supporting farmers in teaching, and getting kid’s hands in the dirt. Some of her other loves are hiking and playing around outside with family and dogs, picking and eating berries at the same time, and playing guitar.
Sara Rostampour, Director of Horticulture
Sara joined GCG in September 2022. Sara has a BS in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Horticulture from Cornell University, specializing in vegetable production. Sara has been farming in the northeast since 2008, mainly annual vegetables and cut flowers. Her favorite flower is the ephemeral sweet pea and she also loves operating tractors (especially for cultivation!) and equipment to get the job done.
Nisha Shrestha-Basnet, Controller
Nisha joined GCG in April of 2023. She received her Bachelors in Accounting and Masters in Quantitative Methods & Modeling from Baruch College in NYC. Nisha is an experienced financial professional with over 10 years of leadership and team-building experience. Previously, she headed the fiscal team of a NY based non-profit and she is a founding member of the Nepali Young Professionals in New York. She is in charge of financial management and accounting for GCG. Nisha believes and practices a learning mindset and considers herself a student of life.
Anna Mutch, Business Development Manager
Anna joined GCG in May 2021. Anna graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a bachelors in Marketing. During her time in college, she worked as a seasonal gardener which inspired her to minor in horticulture. Her horticulture passion has led her to various experiences, most recently with Minnesota’s prominent garden center, Bachman’s. There she had positions in both the marketing and garden maintenance departments. Anna loves biking, live music, sustainable practices and eating local veggies.
Connor Hannan, Installations Manager
Connor joined GCG in April, 2021 as an operations crew member and is now the operations manager. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Masters degree in Urban Planning, which developed his interests in finding innovative ways to create more urban green spaces. In his free time he enjoys running, exploring new places around the city, and spending time with friends and family.
Saritha Sivan, Customer Success Lead
Saritha Sivan joined GCG in March 2022. Born and raised in India, Saritha is a service industry professional with several years of experience as a corporate/leisure travel coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the Guwahati University in India. After moving to the United States with her family, she started a small business to promote the idea of reuse, reduce and refuse. During the initial days of Covid, she found a lot of joy and positivity in going back to her childhood passion for growing plants. While working with her dad in the backyard, she understood very early in her life that growing food is possible with limited resources. Through GCG she wants to continue spreading the message and encourage urban farming. In her free time, Saritha loves growing and testing recipes with microgreens, upcycling, and spending quality time with her family.
Mya Neary, Horticulture Manager
Mya was born and raised on Boston’s South Shore where she enjoyed a love for the outdoors from a very young age. She attended Norfolk County Agricultural High School where she was first introduced to greenhouse production and ornamental horticulture. At UMass Lowell, Mya earned a BA in Entrepreneurship while minoring in Nutrition. During her time in college, she volunteered with several food justice nonprofits which inspired her to pursue a career where she can combine her interests in food, plant life and people. Throughout her professional career Mya has worked as a floral designer, fine gardener and flower farmer. She was drawn to Green City Growers by a passion to connect people with each other and the Earth. Mya loves to learn about and advocate for native species, medicinal plants and fungi of the northeast.