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.
Christopher Grallert, Managing Director
Chris joined Green City Growers in 2015 as a Partner, Advisor, and Managing Director. 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 serves as President of Littleton Community Farm, and 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 repurposing 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).
Abby Taylor, Marketing Manager
Lacey Oliver, Account Coordinator
Nicole Aube, Office Manager
Nicole joined Green City Growers in the summer of 2018 as the team’s office manager. With a background in nutrition and having spent the past two years managing the Brookline Farmers Market she developed a passion for sustainable agriculture and food security; it’s no surprise she found her way to GCG. Nicole has a real affinity for all things nature and the great outdoors and truly believes that we are what we eat. When she’s not keeping the office in check, you can find Nicole hiking with her dog Millie, day dreaming about Scotland or learning more about her second love – moss.
Zannah Porter, Director of Horticulture
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.
Rie Macchiarolo, Landscape Designer
Rie joined GCG in the spring of 2015 as an Urban Farmer. They got their start in farming during their two-year stint in an intentional community in Virginia where they spent countless hours in the four-and-a-half acre garden used to feed 100 people. After completing a Permaculture Design Certificate course, Rie moved to western Massachusetts where they earned a Masters of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School. In 2017 Rie stepped into the role of Landscape Designer to expand GCG’s offerings to include landscape design and installation that emphasizes perennial and native species. Rie also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Landscape Alliance. In their free time, Rie loves to bike around greater Boston and prepare vegan feasts!
Lee Toomey, Horticulture Manager
Lee joined GCG in the spring of 2016. They have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and German from the University of Vermont. Lee has spent time focusing on permaculture and sustainability initiatives in Vermont, Nicaragua, and Germany. They are happy to be closer to their hometown again and are excited to take part in the greening of Boston! When Lee is not at GCG, you can find them drinking tea and bird watching, sometimes simultaneously.
Annie Gilmore, Urban Farmer
Annie’s first experience in agriculture came from working on her college’s farm. Though briefly distracted with a stint counting shorebirds for the government, Annie was drawn back into the world of growing veggies with an internship for Green City Growers in 2012. After her first round with GCG, Annie dove into production agriculture on a non-profit farm/wildlife sanctuary, where over the course of three seasons she solidified her love of growing food and working outdoors. Now, four years after her first time with GCG, Annie is back to build upon that knowledge in an urban setting. When not playing/foraging/working outside, you can find Annie eating. Basically all of the time.
Caitie Dwyer-Huppert, Education Manager
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. Caitie’s experience gardening with her parents in central Mass, apprenticing at Seeds of Solidarity Farm, and starting school gardens in Worcester, fueled this passion. 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.
Amanda Kerr, Urban Farmer
Amanda joined GCG in the summer of 2018, after completing her degree in Environmental Science and Food Systems at Northeastern University. She brings experience and endless curiosity from several stints of volunteer-farming in places such as Maine, Hawai’i, and New Zealand. Amanda is delighted to continue developing her skills in food production and community outreach with Green City Growers’ mission-oriented team. Her interests range from radical composting to food literacy, to soil conservation. In her free time, Amanda enjoys making music, practicing yoga, hiking, and otherwise being outdoors.
Morgan Thomson, Farmer Educator
Brian Alba, Crew Member
Claire Penney, Urban Farmer
Cait Wright, Urban Farmer
Mary Alice Koon, Urban Farmer
Product Development and Installation Team
Tim Cross, Facilities Manager
Tim joined Green City Growers in 2015 as a seasonal crew member, but he’s excited to be on board full time as Facilities Manager this season. Born in Boston and raised on the North Shore, Tim has deep roots to the city. Tim is a retired Army veteran, having served for thirteen years. He lives with his wife of twelve years, Melissa, and his son, Benjamin. Tim cares passionately about sustainability, self-sufficiency, and education, all of which he is proud to support through his work at Green City Growers.
Karinna Melker, Marketing Intern
Karinna is a Junior at Lasell College majoring in Entrepreneurship, and is interning with us through the College for Social Innovation’s Semester in the City Program. She is working on the Marketing Team and hopes to gain work experience and more knowledge in how to run a business that creates social impact. In her free time, Karinna enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and drawing.