Our Friendly Faces


Jeannie Fernsworth -

Co-Founder & Horticulturist /Botanist

Our resident garden superstar brings with her a wealth of fascinating educational information, exhilarating stories, and creative ideas. Jeannie is a graduate of the NY Botanical Garden School of Horticulture. A member of the Rare Fruits Council, she is passionate about plants and sharing everything you'd like to know about them!


Shelly Zacks - Co-Founder & Early Childhood Educator

A leading visionary of the garden, Shelly shares over 20 years of experience of early childhood education to our program and empowers children and their parents with her wisdom. Her commitment and passion for sharing the garden's mission with our community is a gift.

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Christina Nicodemou -

Executive Director

Christina is a multi-dimensional leader with over 18 years of business development experience, as well as a talented graphic designer. She wears many hats at our garden and is passionate about empowering youth and promoting eco-consciousness. A supporter of child-led learning in nature and loving mother to two young children, Christina is proud to be the creator of the Nature Education Cooperative, a collaborative learning experience for homeschool families.


Bridget Langford - Volunteer & Membership Coordinator

As a founding contributor of the garden, Bridget has devoted her time as our leading manager of volunteers and members. A devoted activist of the Earth and a loving mother to her two boys, Bridget's commitment to the garden has been a key component in the garden's success.


Veronica Green -Science & Nature Program Assistant

Leading our Mother Nature & Me class weekly for children ages 0-6, Veronica facilitates fun nature crafts, storytime and nature exploration. Veronica has been promoted to support our expanding Science & Nature Program and now assists with filed trips, workshops and classes. She is also the author of a children's book series called "Veggie Vero" which shares stories about compassion towards animals and veganism.


Jake Hampu -

Project Manager

As our garden's builder and project manager, Jake leads the way on all our large design projects and handcrafts unique elements for our garden. He also teaches our monthly woodworking workshop for children ages 5-16. He is the founder of Unified Dream, a non-profit that captures the heart of humanity on film.