Alicia McAvay
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Executive Director

Alicia came to FRESH New London with a background in Community Organizing. She worked for two years as our Farm to School Coordinator before coming into leadership as the Executive Director. As Executive Director, Alicia is responsible for every aspect of FRESH-- from the big grants to the tiny worms. She wished she could get into the urban farm work more often but enjoys the work of connecting families, community partners and civic groups, to build momentum for food system change.

Sean O'Brien

Farm and Project Manager

Sean O'Brien joined the FRESH team as our Farm and Project Manager in Spring 2018. Originally from Vermont, Sean has practiced agriculture in both rural and urban settings, and is kitting those experiences together in multi-site urban agriculture here in New London. He and his wife Emily homestead 10 acres in Salem where they tend a herd of dairy goats and fiber alpacas. In 2019, Sean worked with young people and adult volunteers to grow food on 8 different sites and he's excited about digging deeper in the years to come! 

Julie Garay

Youth Organizer

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New London since the age of 3, my heart has always been in this small city! Since I started my journey in FRESH New London as a freshman in high school,  I have played a part in growing and feeding New London. I started at FRESH as a Crew member and have worked my way up to Assistant Farmer, Crew Leader and now Youth Organizer. By uplifting youth voices in the FRESH Community, and a member of other New London organizations, I am proud to say I am a part of growing (pun intended) a better, more sustainable future for New London.  

Frida Berrigan

Office Manager

I'm originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but I have planted my feet (and a bunch of apple trees) in New London since 2010. My husband and I have 3 kids and live just a few blocks from the FRESH urban farm at Williams and Mercer. I love New London because it's walkable, friendly, and it's a place where I can see collective hard work creating beauty, resiliency and connection. I'm grateful to be a part of it all! 

FRESH Junior Staff

Last year, we met these young people as members of our summer crew. They planted seeds, learned about urban farming, watered seedlings, helped out at our 2018 plant sales, harvested the crops, played sharks and minnows and deepened their knowledge of their own cultures and the cultures of their friends. They are from Puerto rico, Egypt (via Sudan), Jamaica and the United States. In 2019, they will earn a wage as they lead urban farming teams, facilitate workshops and support adult staff in bringing fresh, local food to the people of New London!

We introduce you to (from left to right) Brittania Shirley, Renasha Brown, Enna Zakaria, Emmily Perez and Luis Baez-Torres.

FRESH Advisory Board

Nicolo Festa

Retired, social services

New London Resident 

Vita Rose

Educator, East Lyme Public Schools

Former Non-profit administrator

Denise Boyd

Community Leader at McDonald Park Community Garden

New London resident/Community Gardener   

Bob Stuller

Journeyman Composter

City of New London Sustainability Committee Member/New London Resident  

Elizabeth Spurr

Master Gardener

Community Educator, Fiddleheads Food Coop

New London Resident/Community Gardener 

Sheila Yee

Parent of FRESH Youth and Retired Educator

NAACP and NCNW leadership

New London Resident/Community Gardener

Tasha Hosendove

Educator, Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School

New London resident/Community Gardener/CSA member

Parent leader at Step Up New London

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