Christopher Grallert, President
Chris joined Green City Growers in 2015 as a Partner, Advisor, and Managing Director. He is now the company President. With over thirty years of professional experience in organic and sustainable agriculture, Chris is committed to supporting agricultural models that foster responsible land and soil stewardship. Outside of his role at GCG, Chris enjoys working alongside his nine-year-old nephew in his organic vegetable garden and helping to revive the lost art of mechanical weed control by restoring and re-purposing cultivating farm machinery. Chris is also a contract auditor for farm sustainability and has degrees from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture (Fruit & Vegetable Production) and the University of Maine (Sustainable Agriculture).
Jessie Banhazl, CEO and Founder
Jessie is the CEO and Founder of Green City Growers. After graduating college, she moved to New York City to begin a career in reality television production. Disillusioned with the entertainment industry, she moved back to Boston to run GCG, re-awakening her passion for food, farming, and sustainability. she has extensive experience in public speaking, marketing, communications, management, production, and PR. She is passionate about cooking with fresh, locally grown ingredients.
Zannah Porter, Director of Operations
Zannah Porter joined GCG in January 2018. Zannah graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2002 with a degree in Outdoor Leadership. Zannah’s passion for horticulture and agriculture was fostered by a botanist father, a rural up-bringing in southwest Virginia, and many hours spent volunteering on Warren Wilson College’s sustainable farm. This is Zannah’s tenth year working in commercial agriculture in Eastern Massachusetts. Most recently, Zannah managed production on a 22-acre diversified vegetable farm operation. Zannah has a passion for tractors, teaching, and anything to do with the outdoors including winter hiking, surfing, and cycling.
Caitie Dwyer-Huppert, Programs & Engagement Specialist
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.