The Nonprofit

In 2013, Strong Family Farm, the last historical farm in Vernon, became a 501(c)3 nonprofit agricultural education center where children, families, individuals and community groups can experience an authentic family farm environment.

Board Officers 
  • Brian Motola, President
  • Wendy Wanchak, Vice President
  • Claudia Steele, Treasurer
  • Nancy Strong, Secretary
Board Members-at-Large
  • Dr. Ellen Marmer
  • Michael Nelson
  • Bruce Pfazgraf
Steering Committee
  • Alexis Carmichael
  • Lynn Johnson
  • Loyd Johnson
  • Lisa Moody
  • Judy Olivieri
  • Lori Sanchez
  • Jen Smith
  • Richard Steele
  • Theona Wheelock
  • Members of the B.O.D.
Program Director
  • Katie Riordan Napolitan

Hi! I’m Katie Riordan Napolitan, and I am beyond excited to be the new Program Director for Strong Family Farm!

I came to the farm in 2015 looking to complete required community service hours for college and I never left. I have had many adventures on the farm like being locked in the chicken coop with Nancy Strong, using my car to clear sunflowers from the field, and singing goodbyes to the chickens at the chicken run—all memories I won’t forget. Strong Family Farm provides a strong sense of belonging while serving our community.
A little information about me, I’ve been involved with Hartford County 4-H since I was 7 years old. I have served as a fair officer, a fair Jr. advisor, and currently, as a fair advisor. I have been married to my husband Anthony for the last 5 years and we have 3 fur babies. I am also an avid bowler and have been competing since I was 4 years old. I love to travel to different theme parks and ride roller coasters.

I am hoping in my new position as Program Director for Strong Family Farm, I can bring new and exciting programs to the farm along with sharing the great history that the farm has to offer.


If you would like to help advance the mission of Strong Family Farm and help guide it into its next phase of strategic development, consider becoming a member of the Steering Committee or apply for a seat on the Board of Directors. All you have to do is send an email indicating your interest along with your contact information, phone number and the best time to reach you to [email protected]

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2021-22

Annual Report 2020-21

Annual Report 2019-20

Annual Report 2018-19

Annual Report 2017-18

Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Report 2014-15

Annual Report 2013-14