Green Earth Ag & Turf is run by scientists and backed by technical advisers and representatives across the country that can advise clients and help put together your treatment programs. We have experience in building soil health with methods that reduce inputs, increase yields and save you money. Collectively, we bring decades of experience in commercial landscaping, agriculture and horticulture to our customers. We research and back all of our products so we can provide full technical and consulting support for your growing or treatment programs.
President, Owner, Co-Founder
Since 2004, Joe has been involved in the research and development of microbial-based probiotic products for use in turf care, horticulture and agriculture. Previously, Joe had 20 years of experience as a research scientist and project manager in the biotech industry.
As co-founder and president of Green Earth Ag and Turf, Joe has expertise in methods for building healthier soil, integrating greener methods into professional practices and reducing inputs and costs. Joe is also a frequent invited speaker, radio interviewee and writer for trade magazines and online publications in the green industries.
Joe sits on the board of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA) and is co-chair of the CNLA Summer Field Day Committee.
Joe has a Master's Degree in genetics (with a microbiology focus) from the University of Connecticut (Storrs), and has had his research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Neurology, Brain, etc.
Marcus Magazzi, KID
Although his title may not be President or Vice President, Marcus truly is the boss of Green Earth Ag & Turf. A born naturalist, Marcus is well versed on many of our organic products, and has his own fruit farm and garden. If you ask him about soil probiotics or chicken poop fertilizer, he will be more than happy to explain to you how they work (pack a lunch).
Marcus has a degree in general studies (with a focus on recess) from Fourth Grade. Marcus brings his unique expertise from elementary school, such as pencil sharpening, doodling and dry-erase board cleaning, to the office everyday. He especially likes heavy equipment such as forklifts. The heir to the throne, Green Earth Ag & Turf is in good hands for many years to come.
Without Ally, Green Earth Ag & Turf would have collapsed under a sea of orders and disorder. When she came on board in 2018, she set about organizing the office and managing the many tasks a business needs to function. Her other main task is to keep Joe in line.
Ally has a varied background from running her own clothing website and working as a tour guide. She's also worked in HR, in reception and as an executive assistant. If you call Green Earth, it is very likely you will hear Ally's cheerful voice on the other end of the line.
Pete joined the team in February 2019 after a long stint as a chef for a local tavern. He brings with him his trademark charm and wit as he pursues a Biology degree from Middlesex Community College on his road into the medical field.
In addition to helping keep our extensive warehouse organized, Pete is responsible for the packing and shipping of our products so be on the lookout for his notes on receipts written in a doctor's scrawl he's been working on since high school.
Logistics & Shipping Specialist
Jeremy joined Green Earth Ag & Turf in July 2020 as a temporary employee and we haven't let him leave since. Jeremy grew up in and graduated high school in East Haven, where he was also a former High School Wrestling Star and played and coached recreational baseball.
Jeremy currently majors in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven and plans to graduate in 2023 and go into investigative services. Jeremy likes to hunt and fish and is also a tutor for New Haven Reads.
Marketing & Website Specialist
Nate is a graduate of Susquehanna University's English department with double majors in Creative Writing and Publishing and Editing. He brought his expertise to Green Earth Ag & Turf in the summer of 2014 packing boxes, delivering product to customers, and these days, building Green Earth's shiny new website, developing GrowItNaturally.com and updating the company's catalog.
Over the years, he has also absorbed enough information to have a rudimentary understanding of the application of Quantum Growth and the many other organic products carried by Green Earth Ag & Turf.
Nate is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Education to teach English.
Emily Magazzi, CANP
Emily Magazzi is an avid organic gardener and landscaper. She combined her love for all things green with her background as a scientist to co-found Green Earth Ag and Turf in 2009. Emily is a Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional (CANP), and uses that expertise to advise clients on issues related to growing and treating plants, trees and turf.
Emily is on the board of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA). She also serves as the chair of the Education Committee, helping to educate nursery professionals in plant, tree and shrub botany and identification. Emily was the recipient of the 2014 New England Nursery Association's (NENA) Young Nursery Professional of the Year Award. Emily has a degree in genetics from the University of Georgia.
Associates and Advisers
Associate Farm Consultant and Educator for Organic and Biologic Farming
Mark Fulford is a well known, independent farm consultant and educator whose expertise includes organic and biological agriculture, organic no-till crop production and growing nutrient dense crops. As our "Farming Yoda," Mark and Green Earth Ag and Turf work together to improve soil health with practices that improve soil biology through supplementation or stimulation. This includes testing amendments with Green Earth that improve soil health and function (pre-biotics) that Mark ultimately uses with Lancaster Ag's nutrients to develop custom blended, field-specific soil amendment recipes for organic and nutritionally focused farm operations. Mark draws upon recent discoveries in the soil and plant worlds with improved methods to allow the widest availability for inputs and skills to give farmers and consumers the best quality possible. "High nutrition agriculture is not something that happens by chance." Mark's Lookfar Ag Services are inspired by over 40 years of agricultural experience and 30 years operating his own diversified farm in Maine. He has studied with some of the most accomplished mentors in biological agriculture: Dr Arden Andersen, Neal Kinsey, Dan Skow, Gary Zimmer, Elaine Ingham, Jerry Brunetti and Dr Norman Uphoff - among others. Mark has spent time in China, Australia, Mexico and the Philippines to further develop his knowledge base, including on the latest biological farming shift known as System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which he is adapting in the US as a method to improve grain and row crop production practices by maximizing biological soil function and photosynthesis. Mark and his wife Paula own and operate Teltane Farm in Monroe, Maine.
Aaron Sane, Certified Arborist (CA)
Advising Arborist and Technical Support for Biological Products
Aaron Sane has many years of real field experience as a certified arborist and developing biological products and strategies to integrate those products into tree, plant and turf care programs. Aaron brings this extensive experience to Green Earth Ag and Turf, consulting for us and our customers on all things related to not just tree care, but to all of our programs - especially relating to Quantum Growth probiotics. After graduating from West Point, Aaron served honorably in the United States Army as a helicopter pilot. After his time in the Army, Aaron became a certified arborist and joined Selvig Tree Appraisal Company. Using his field experience integrating biologicals into tree care, Aaron helped develop Quantum Growth probiotics, a biological product line that is now being used across the world to help growers and tree and turf care professionals go greener by reducing fertilizer and pesticide use while saving money and getting better results. Aaron is with Ecological Laboratories, the only company that has been producing biologicals for over 35 years.