GreenWave’s Floating Classroom is a fully functioning ocean farm in Branford, CT, and home to the Farmer-in-Training (FIT) program. It’s run by Farm Manager and Hatchery Technician, Jill Pegnataro. As a graduate of the Sound School, a maritime-focused high school in New Haven, CT, Jill is a mariner committed to using her background in science and experience on the water to help grow the restorative ocean farming industry -- and ensure women are leading the way.
As both Farm Manager and Hatchery Technician, Jill is engaged in the full life-cycle of the kelp outplanted on the Floating Classroom. In the GreenWave hatchery, she supports day-to-day maintenance, data collection for research experiments, and seeds with new farmers for their first time. On the Floating Classroom, she manages all operations from developing standard farm protocols and maintenance schedules and logs, to effectively demonstrating the farm’s design and species grown on farm tours and at FIT workshops. This season, Jill is collecting data on the farm to better understand how hatchery grow-out methods affect farm yields. These connections can help GreenWave make informed decisions to improve hatchery technologies and farming practices - and pass along those lessons to other farmers!
As a woman farmer, Jill is eager to build the industry alongside other women leaders emerging at every level of restorative ocean farming.