A New Season for SCLT

Out of the office and into the field: Christina is in her element at the farm.

Last week, we said farewell to our longtime and beloved Director of Operations Christina Dedora. However, we couldn’t be any happier with Christina’s change of career. That’s because she has left the Community Land Trust to become a full-time farmer! We are thrilled that Urban Edge Farm, our incubator farmland available for low-cost lease to aspiring entrepreneurs, has launched another successful small-scale farming business in Rhode Island. The farmers at Urban Edge make decisions collaboratively, and Christina has been a wonderful leader there.

Christina has been running Blue Skys Flower Farm “part-time” for five years now. She sells via Farm Fresh’s Market Mobile to area restaurants and at the Pawtuxet Village farmers’ market on Saturdays during the growing season. She also participates in a CSA jointly managed with fellow farmers Chang Xiong, Katie Miller, and Liz Cantrell—together, they make up Four Friends. To sign up for their flower, vegetable, fruit, or egg shares this year, and read more about Four Friends, visit www.fourfriendscsa.com.

Our new director of operations, Liana Cassar.

Taking over in Christina’s stead is Liana Cassar. We are proud to introduce our new Director of Operations to you all. Liana has a master’s degree in Public Health and is in the process of earning an M.B.A. from the Simmons School of Management. She previously was the chief of operations for Planned Parenthood Rhode Island and has worked for several women’s health programs in both Rhode Island and Boston. She is also a gardener and a foodie! We are thrilled to have her on board and expect that her business acumen will serve the organization very well in the months ahead.

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