Gorge Grown Staff
Gorge Grown Staff
Gorge Grown Food Network is managed and operated by our dedicated year round staff and our wonderful volunteers.
As former Executive Director of both Hawaii SEED and The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Sarah has extensive experience in movement-building, organizational management and agricultural policy. She directed the award‐winning school-garden program at Abernethy Elementary in Portland, and trains teachers in garden-based education as an adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark College. She is a trained Permaculture designer and has dabbled in plant breeding and seed saving. Sarah believes in the power and practice of collaborative leadership.
Communications and Outreach Manager
Hood River Farmers Market Manager
Hannah joined Gorge Grown as the 2014-2015 a JVC Northwest AmeriCorps Volunteer and became part of the year round staff after her year of service. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she attended Marquette University and studied International Affairs, Peace Studies and Spanish. Hannah moved to the Gorge in 2013 and has since worked in areas of youth development, Latino outreach and food access. Her work with Gorge Grown is fueled by her passion of building community through healthy food. Hannah loves the great outdoors and is happiest when hiking, camping, and gardening.
Food Access & Outreach Assistant
Louisa joined Gorge Grown as the 2017-2018 JVC Northwest AmeriCorps Volunteer. Louisa is from the Chicagoland area and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA with degrees in Public Relations and Spanish. She began to more deeply examine her participation in the food system last summer, when she worked on an organic farm harvesting vegetables, weeding, and talking to chickens. She has only grown more impassioned to bring social and ecological justice about through food and feels privileged to work in the abundance of culture and food in the Gorge.
Food Security Coalition Program Manager
Liz’s interest in the impacts of food systems on the health and well-being of communities was first sparked by her participation and research in the Whitman College Fair Trade Club in 2005. After college, she spent several years working in outdoor education, youth development, and wilderness therapy. Through her work at a horticulture-based wilderness therapy program on the Big Island of Hawaii, she learned to farm, and the joys of teaching others to farm. Liz’s experience in wilderness therapy also led her to pursue mediation. She has served as a mediator in juvenile victim-offender cases, small claims courts, and community mediation cases. In spring 2015, she combined her background as a Politics major with her passion for seeking creative and collaborative solutions to conflicts by beginning work at Oregon Solutions. That fall, she began her Master’s degree in Public Administration, focusing on Natural Resources and Collaborative Governance. In August 2016, Liz joined the Gorge Grown team as the Gorge Food Security Coalition Program Manager.
Healthy Corner Store Program Manager
Silvan joined Gorge Grown in 2017 as the Healthy Corner Store Project Manager. A 3rd generation Oregonian, Silvan grew up in the Hood River Valley and studied Sustainable Community Food Systems and Political Science at the University of Hawai’i. Her work experience includes community organizing and event planning for Hawi’i Center for Food Safety, teaching organic gardening and cooking workshops to limited resource families for the UH Expanded Food Education and Nutrition Program. A mother and lover of foraging and cooking, she is happy to be back in the Gorge working to improve the food security and resilience of the community.
Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Originally from New York, Sarah earned her B.S. in Community Health from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Her studies and previous work have focused on nutrition education and food systems, and she loves getting youth excited about vegetables, cooking, and gardening. Sarah moved to an organic farm in Hood River in the fall of 2015 to gain firsthand experience growing nutritious food. After leaving for a few months to farm in southern California, Sarah is excited to be back in the Gorge as the Assistant Manager of the Hood River Farmers’ Market and feels lucky to live in a community that supports a vibrant food and wellness culture.
Mosier Farmers Market Manager
Andrew joined Gorge Grown Food Network this spring as the 2016 Mosier Farmers Market Manager. He brings experience in youth and adult education focused on ecological and project-based learning. Andrew lives in Mosier with his partner Giulia and their 2 year-old daughter Isla.
Local Food Marketing Consultant
Emily Reed is a brand strategist with a passion for spreading the word about local food. She has helped with several Gorge Grown projects over the years including the Let’s Talk Food discussion groups, the Eat Local Challenge, a Why Local report, Gorge-wide parades dressed as veggies, community-wide focus groups on branding, and the launch of the Mosier Farmers’ Market with a team who created a series of unique events that highlighted the benefits of local food (including the Farmers Dating Game and the Fast Food Smackdown).
Fill Your Pantry Event Coordinator
Bonnie Cox moved to Hood River from the Willamette Valley where she worked in various agricultural extension projects with area vegetable farmers and also farmed organically with a friend. Her two years of Peace Corps work in Bolivia further developed her interests in community development and marketing as she trained farmers in modern beekeeping methods and helped them get their new products to market. Bonnie earned a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and an MS in Horticulture and Soil Science from Oregon State University. She loves to find the meeting ground of farm production, technical assistance, and marketing to strengthen the local food movement. Bonnie and her husband are grateful to be raising their two daughters in such a vibrant and diverse community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gorge Grown Food Network Board of Directors reflects a wide section of our communities interests. Everyone serves because they all believe in supporting our communities agriculture and food needs. Our directors include food professionals, business professionals, vendors, food advocates and others.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Lauren Kraemer, Board Chair
Field Faculty Extension Agent
OSU Extension Service
Kathy Watson, Vice-President
Chef, Writer, Co-Founder of Fresh Start
Former Owner of Nora’s Table
Farmer, Owner/ Operator
4-H Youth Development and Healthy Living
OSU Sherman County Extension
Chef, Writer, Film-Maker…
Started Mosier School Garden
Lavender Farm Owner, Lawyer
Cayuse/ Umatilla Tribal Member, Salmon Marketing Specialist