Meet our Team
Justin Munroe Executive Director
My great-grandmother moved to Nashua in 1916 from Canada and although my family has traveled in and out over the years, Nashua has always been "home" to us. My family lives here now and we try to live less out of habit and more out of intent.
We enjoy our own garden for the quiet respite it provides, as well as for its nutritious bounty. By putting down the roots for others that do not have the means we are able to share this enriching experience with others and simultaneously strengthen the neighborhoods of Nashua.
Stephanie Ann Aubert Director of Program Development
I am passionate about sustainable food systems and ecosystem stewardship, and am committed to strengthening the urban ecological health in the Greater Nashua region where I grew up.
My background is environmental science and policy with a focus in sustainable and resilient communities, and I earned my Masters in Environmental Management from Western Colorado University.
I bring a diverse set of experiences to the Grow Nashua team, from managing a farm to food pantry program in Snohomish County, Washington to spending time working on food policy in New Orleans. I am a co-founder of the Southwest Seed Library, have coordinated community-scale design projects, and have educated students ages 2 to 72. I love "the great outdoors", traveling, and organic gardening.
Dave McConville Growing Spaces Manager
When I was introduced to the concept of permaculture 12 years ago its values, ethics and principles resonated with me to my core. Since then I have been studying, practicing and teaching permaculture. Permaculture has given me a new lens with which to view the world along with a set of proven strategies and a design process to develop creative solutions to today’s global challenges.
This new perspective heightened my interest in gardening and food production. At the time I was living in San Francisco and became immediately involved in a number of permaculture and urban agriculture projects. Most notably was Hayes Valley Farm, a 2.2 acre urban community farm where I was a core volunteer helping to run and manage the farm along with leading various permaculture related workshops and classes. Another project of note was a garden education program at the SF VA Hospital teaching veterans to grow food and help them learn about nutrition and aid them with recovery from addiction and PTSD.
After returning to Nashua, I continued my pursuit of permaculture knowledge and began networking to find meaningful projects. I met Justin in the fall of 2016 and I started working with Grow Nashua the following season. I have been applying my skills to design and help install a number of our community and school gardens. I have also been eager to share my knowledge by teaching numerous organic gardening classes for the families enrolled in Grow Nashua's gardening and farming program.
I look forward to continuing this work of connecting with people, building relationships and helping to create a more resilient community while helping families in need provide healthy, organic food for their families and hope for a brighter future.
Robert Castellano Compost Manager
My grandparents immigrated from Italy in 1915. Family Farming is in my blood, as my grandparents ran a 100- acre produce farm in Concord, MA. My grandfather owned Napoli's Market in Belmont, MA and delivered farm fresh produce, meats, eggs and dairy to community members’ doors. Many people say that I remind them of my Grandfather.
Civic engagement runs deep in my family. My mother, one of 8 children, is currently on her 37th year as a Volunteer for Meals on Wheels. I am the proud father of two sons, am grateful to volunteer at my church, and I am excited to be in the development phase of my own innovative business.
I find it encouraging to see our community becoming more mindful of our environment.
Beatriz Reyes Social Emotional Learning Specialist Intern
I am a senior undergraduate student at UMass Lowell majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health/Health Promotion.
Growing up in Lawrence, Massachusetts I was exposed to many difficulties experienced by the people in my community which energized me to pursue an education in a field geared towards improving the lives of individuals.
I am passionate about food and nutrition access and its impact on health, social determinants of health, and social justice initiatives. As an intern at Grow Nashua, I will be conducting research on Social-Emotional Learning and how this can be incorporated in GN’s incredible program.
Pheni Chuma Community Development Intern
I grew up in Malawi, a small and beautiful landlocked nation in southeast Africa. When I was little, I struggled to understand why a country blessed with natural beauty and rich soil constantly experienced hunger and chronic lack of nutrition, I wanted to find answers and solutions
Having experienced poverty and hunger, I developed a passion for community development and in 2010 I started a nonprofit called Love in Action Malawi to help provide holistic education to the children experiencing poverty and hopelessness. Today, organizations support over 1000 children with daily tutoring/after school lessons and daily meals. My organization is also actively involved in teaching the communities sustainable agriculture cultivating different crops on 20 acres of land. We are also involved in social justice education and advocacy.
Grow Nashua has given me an opportunity to learn more about community gardening and best practices in agriculture. I hope to use the knowledge to assist people in Malawi to learn sustainable methods of farming.
I am currently completing a master's degree in Organizational leadership at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.