NEW BRITAIN ROOTS TEAM

OUR ORGANIZATION IS RUN BY A SMALL GROUP OF DEDICATED, PASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS

 
JOEY LISTRO Executive Director

JOEY LISTRO
Executive Director

A New Britain native, Joey Listro has worked on a variety of non-profit farms beginning in 2009 while attending the University of Southern Maine. Joey worked building organic farming apprenticeships and curriculum for high school students as an AmeriCorps volunteer.  He's a former Incubator Farmer at the Community Farm of Simsbury where he launched a small-scale potato chip and organic CSA business.  He served as Head Teacher and Educational Programs Consultant at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain for their after-school garden enrichment programs from 2011-2014.  He spent two years managing a 100+ acre educational farm in New Milford, before returning to New Britain as the founder of ROOTS.  Joey serves on the steering committee of the New CT Farmer Alliance and is an active member of the Coalition for New Britain's Youth.

 

 
BRIANNA D'ALESSIO Americorps VISTA 

BRIANNA D'ALESSIO
Americorps VISTA 

Born and raised in the bountiful Hudson Valley, Bri has grown her personal and professional career from the Good Food Movement of the New York region. She studied Journalism at Iona College, where she sought to marry her passion for writing with her love of food to report on food related topics and issues. While interning for Valley Table Magazine, she worked closely with local farm and food resources, and the restaurants and organizations that utilize them, to assist with continuing the development of a positive narrative surrounding healthy, local food. Upon graduation, she worked in gourmet food sales, before making the decision to jump into service oriented work within the nonprofit sector.

Bri started with ROOTS in July of 2017, serving as the Program Aide for the “Farm to Summer School” section of the CSDNB Xtreme Program, where she assisted with incorporating hands on programming alongside STEM lessons that taught students about nutrition, food systems, the environment, climate change and more. In August, she was accepted to serve as the Americorps VISTA for ROOTS, where she will work to fight food injustice and insecurity in the community. She is both inspired and excited to continue on the path of learning about food through a critical lense, and to make meaningful connections through her work in New Britain.

 
MONICA HOUGHTON FoodCorps Service Member

MONICA HOUGHTON
FoodCorps Service Member

Monica grew up harvesting, weeding, and glorifying in fresh fruits and vegetables alongside
her father on their vegetable farm in NH. When she chose to attend Providence College, it
was a shock to be living in the midst of a food desert. While in college, and working as a
Nutrition Education Intern with Revive the Roots (local farm), and Farm Fresh Rhode Island (local non-profit), she studied the U.S. food system, public health and community engagement. Monica prepared her final academic thesis on Urban Food Justice, examining the impact of the local food movement on socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in Providence. She holds dual degrees in Health Policy and Management, and Public and Community Service Studies, with a concentration in Public Health and Food Justice.

Since graduation in May 2017, Monica has been working as a Site Director with YouthWorks in Philadelphia, PA. There, she partnered with local farmers and community organizations to lead groups of high schoolers in food justice and sustainability-focused service learning projects throughout the city.

 

 
KRIZL SORIANO Mobile Market Manager/Educator

KRIZL SORIANO
Mobile Market Manager/Educator

Krizl hails from the sunshine state where she grew up gardening, learning to love vegetables, and pursued a science degree from Florida State University. While in college, Krizl worked as a marine invertebrate educator and spent her summers as a counselor at a camp in the Catskills. 

Her studies exercised her interest in botany and introduced her to the complex issues surrounding food. Eventually she decided to combine her desire for a just food system with her experience working with kids. Thus, she landed in Connecticut as a FoodCorps service member. Through her service she cultivated a passion for wanting kids to have positive relationships with food. Krizl has continued to encourage these relationships as the Assistant Camp Director at Massaro Community Farm and as an educator with ROOTS. Managing the mobile market has broadened this audience to a range of generations in New Britain. Krizl also works as the Outreach Specialist for Put Local on Your Tray (a Farm to School program out of UConn Extension). In her off time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and making pottery! 

 
MOLLY DEEGAN Mobile Market Co-manager

MOLLY DEEGAN
Mobile Market Co-manager

Molly is a proud Connecticut resident, born and raised in New Haven County. She worked in a nursery in North Branford for a few years where she thoroughly enjoyed the process of watching her seeds grow up, and the humility it taught her. She attended UConn, where she continued to fall into the lap of the tight knit community centered around local food and local economies here in CT.  With a degree in Agricultural Resource Economics and Environmental Policy - she aims to make positive changes to her home state through food.

She strives to hold a variety of positions and experiences to fully inform her of all the intersections of food and how that shapes policy, and ultimately the well being of our people. From working on a student farm, to studying agriculture policy internationally, to crossing the midwest to learn about American industrial agriculture systems, to serving two years with FoodCorps Connecticut, Molly is here to stay to bring a positive attitude and good food to all.  In her free time, you can catch her taking photos, thinking about what she's going to cook next, or going for

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Abigail Adams, Board Chair

Anne Foss, Secretary

Bobbie Emery, Treasurer

Megan Hourigan