CT NOFA Board & Staff
The CT NOFA Board of Directors meets monthly to conduct business of the organization. CT NOFA members are always welcome to attend the meetings.
John Turenne, President - Founder and President of Sustainable Food Systems, was one of the lead innovators in sustainable food practices during the creation of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Realizing the impact of food service decision-making on the world around us, John transformed a conservative university food service model, of which he has 25 years experience, to create a sustainable dining program through careful planning, teaching and development.
John continues as a leading innovator and consultant for bridging the gap between conventional and sustainable dining programs working with the Culinary Institute of America, Harvard Medical School, The New Hampshire Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente as well as several public hospital and school systems. Check out his Facebook page here.
Debra Sloane, Vice President - Debra’s experience with local agriculture began with a winter project at the Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Society where she mapped the existing farm land on the island, using skills learned as a graduate from UMass, Amherst with a degree in Geography. After working on several other land-use mapping projects on the east coast, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a high technology career. Even within the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, however, she was able to maintain a year-round vegetable garden and her ties to the land.
Coming back to Massachusetts annually to visit family, she realized that New England was still home and decided it was time to fulfill a life-long dream of owning a farm in New England. After a two-year search, she found her perfect spot and is now the proud owner of a 4-acre farm in Washington where she intends to specialize in mushrooms and nut trees, as well as maintaining a year-round vegetable garden for her own personal use and to share with friends and neighbors.
Howard Shafer, Treasurer - Howard's interest in NOFA's mission was cultivated while he was the owner and sole proprietor of The Whole Hog, a charcuterie business focused on using locally raised heritage breed pigs. Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer of Robinson & Cole LLP where he has responsibility for the business planning and operations of a 450 employee law firm with offices in six states. Howard has a BS in Statistics from the University of Michigan; an MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Boston University; and a Grand Diplômefrom the French Culinary Institute.
Rosemary Morretta, Secretary - Rosemary is a co-founder of GoingGreenie, a social enterprise whose mission is to transform the local organic food system in CT to be more secure, prosperous, and just. The company will connect organic food providers directly to consumers, restaurants, grocery stores and institutions in every neighborhood in Connecticut through an aggregation center, community kitchen and eco-friendly delivery service. Rosemary is currently developing technology to support an online organic marketplace that provides tools to facilitate sales, manage buyer and seller relationships, and streamlines distribution of organic foods. The site includes consumer-facing educational tools with a “Meet Your Farmer” section as well as information on a vast array of topics, including multimedia instruction on all our organic product categories, production methods, demonstrations of food preparation, food safety training and more. Customers may use the site to get recipe recommendations based on their tastes or they may search through thousands of recipes which can be filtered by ingredient, diet, allergy, nutrition, holiday, price, cuisine, time and course.
Rosemary has been working with a number of food-related non-profit organizations for more than a decade. She has extensive experience in non-profit operations, marketing and fundraising. Her last company, Uppstuff, developed collaboration and engagement software technology for non-profits. She spent her early career as a technology marketing executive with companies such as Apple, Linotype and Pantone
Jane Maher - Jane is the former owner of SnootyFood: specialty foods, a great home cook, and sometimes caterer. She loves growing, pickling, fermenting, and storing her own food and teaching others about it. Jane founded the annual "Made in Connecticut" Fair in Oxford five years ago to promote CT made crafts, food, art, and farms. It is the only fair in the state that does not allow vendors with foreign made and mass produced products.
Greg Hazleton - Greg is a NOFA Farmers Pledge farm owning Copper Hill Farm in West Suffield. Specializing in pastured nitrate free pork products, heirloom vegetables and pastured laying hens, Copper Hill Farm can be found at both the Ellington and East Granby Farmers Markets.
Steve Munno - Farmer Steve Munno is originally from Long Island, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. After graduation in 2001, Steve’s work in field science and wilderness skills education took him to California, where he lived for five years. During this time, Steve began to hone his skills in agriculture. Always a food lover, and a long time supporter of local farms, Steve found his work in the wilderness continually pointed to the importance of healthy food and its connection to healthy communities, and healthy land. Inspired to be more involved with food and farming, he volunteered with a local farmer for two years, before enrolling in the UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Upon completion of this Apprenticeship, Steve stayed on for second year at UC Santa Cruz, serving as a teacher and assistant manager in a 2+ acre market garden growing a tremendous variety of vegetables, flowers, fruit and perennials. He then returned to the east coast to work for The Food Project in Lincoln, MA. Steve managed the greenhouse on this 30-acre farm, and helped provide for a 400-member CSA, supply food to farm stands in Boston, donate produce to hunger relief organizations and offer educational opportunities to youth and community of the greater Boston area. At the end of 2009, Steve came to Massaro Farm to help revive the land and bring the fields in to production.
John Pittari, Jr.
Marjorie Glover - Marjorie and her husband, Charlie, and four children own and operate Happy Family Farm in Fairfield, CT. Happy Family Farm is a new small certified organic farm that grows fresh heirloom vegetables and herbs and offers eggs from pasture-raised heritage hens. Happy Family Farm also offers educational programs and opportunities for children with autism and other special needs and supports local efforts to alleviate hunger through Operation Hope and Connecticut Food Bank. Marjorie is a member and director of CT NOFA. In her off-farm job, Marjorie is an attorney who specializes in the area of employment law, and related laws such as employee benefits, employment tax and health care laws.
Eileen Hochberg, Executive Director - Eileen has broad experience in local food systems and at non-profit organizations. She was director of Conservation Outreach for Westchester Land Trust for eight years. During that time, she created new initiatives in farmland preservation and agricultural retention including a Farmers Network of over 300 local food and agriculture stakeholders. Eileen also initiated a Farmer-Landowner matching program. Prior to working at the land trust, Eileen was Executive Director of the March of Dimes Northern Metro Chapter and Associate Director for Corporate Alliances at the National Office of the March of Dimes. She is currently on the board of Slow Food Metro North and a member of the Bedford 2020 Coalition Food and Agriculture Task Force.
Deb Legge, Chief Administrative Officer
Teresa Mucci, Program Coordinator
Debbie Semonich, Administrative Assistant
Jenna Messier, Organic Land Care Program Director
Stephanie Berluti, Program and Events Manager
Marketing, Design and Fundraising Manager
Rita Schlitter, Bookkeeper