Staff


Justin Elicker – Executive Director

Justin works to ensure that the Land Trust is advancing its mission of providing community gardening spaces, preserving open spaces and educating New Haven residents about the environment. Justin grew up in Connecticut and is an active member of the New Haven community, including running for mayor of New Haven in 2013. Justin is an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University and has worked as a sustainability consultant, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and a high and elementary school teacher. Justin received joint masters’ degrees from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management in 2010 and a BA from Middlebury College in 1997. In addition to a passion for gardening Justin and his wife Natalie raise five chickens and a dog named Captain.

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Stephen J. Grant - Operations Manager

Stephen is the operations manager for the New Haven Land Trust, helping to keep the office running smoothly. Stephen is a New Haven native with a passion for the arts and outdoors. Following his communications studies at Southern Connecticut State University, Stephen worked for local non-profits and start-ups. He is also a writer that has appeared in several major online publications including the Huffington Post and Paste Magazine. In 2014, Stephen moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he worked as a freelance writer/photographer, English coach and recording artist. In 2016, he self-published his first book and produced the documentary "AFRO BRASIL" for Seven Scribes. In his spare time, Stephen loves to visit and camp at national parks.

 


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Bradley Fleming - Community Garden Manager

Bradley oversees the Land Trust's 50 community gardens throughout New Haven. He is an Elm City native who has worked on farms both urban and rural, as well as numerous food access and community building projects. Most recently, Bradley managed Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm. He is passionate about healthy living and is excited to bring his knowledge and expertise back home to share with the New Haven community. 

 

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Esther Rose-Wilen - Garden Education Coordinator

 Esther Rose-Wilen is a New Haven native with a degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. She has been volunteering with agriculture projects and community gardens since the 8th grade in Connecticut, New Jersey, Argentina, and Spain. She is incredibly excited to help manage both the Growing Entrepreneurs program and the Incubator Gardens program at the Land Trust. In her free time, when she isn't tending to either of her parents' gardens, Esther might be reading in a hammock or eating tacos at Long Wharf. 

 

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Arabelle Schoenberg - Nature Preserves Education and Outreach Coordinator
Arabelle is the education and outreach coordinator for the Land Trust's nature preserves. She hails from Berkeley, California where she grew up hiking and exploring the outdoors. She is currently studying environmental science, history, and politics at Yale and has a special interest in environmental activism. During the school year, Arabelle works in science education for New Haven high schoolers. She is very excited to be working in the preserves and learning alongside members of the New Haven community!

 

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Sadilka Lopez Roldan - Growing Entrepreneur
Sadilka is seventeen years old and a junior at Wilbur Cross High School. When she grows up she wants to be a lawyer, chef, or photographer. She worked for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and the Land Trust for one summer before joining the Growing Entrepreneurs, where she hopes to gain gardening and business skills. Sadilka loves all fruits and one vegetable: the potato.

 

 

 

 


Xavier Hernandez - Growing Entrepreneur
Xavier is a Latino soon-to-be graduate of James Hillhouse High School. He is 19 and working hard to become a motorcycle mechanic, graphic designer, or engineer. He worked with the Land Trust for two summers before joining the Growing Entrepreneurs. Xavier loves all types of vegetables.

 

 

 


 

Rasha Abuhatab - Growing Entrepreneur 

Rasha is sixteen and is a junior attending Metropolitan Business Academy. She wants to be a Registered Nurse or a Pediatrician. She has gained a lot of new and useful skills during her experience with the Growing Entrepreneurs such as carpentry, gardening, and business development skills. She loves all fruits and vegetables.

 

 

 

 

Carlos Veliz - Growing Entrepreneur 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Morrison - Schooner Camp Director

Sarah Directs the Schooner Summer Camp, ensuring all campers have a fun and educational summer and leave camp with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the New Haven coastline.  Sarah has been in the environmental education field for over six years directing summer camps, coordinating after-school programs, and leading backpacking trips.  Sarah grew up in the Greater New Haven area and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Sarah is passionate about youth development, environmental education, fitness, and healthy living.  When not working Sarah enjoys floating down the Mill River, biking, hiking, and eating tacos. 

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