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.
Co-founder and Food Access Consultant
Todd Dierker managed the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market from 2008-2012 and was instrumental in developing the Mobile Farmers’ Market project. Todd launched and led the Veggie Rx program through its first year of growth. His 2 terms of service with the US Peace Corps in Southern Africa and Thailand provided a solid foundation for the community development work he continues today. Todd completed a Masters degree in Environmental Education and believes that the dinner table is the best place to start conversations about living sustainably. Todd is an active community volunteer in Hood River, where his family feels fortunate to have settled. He is thrilled by the enthusiasm in the region around local food and loves that his 2 kids are growing up surrounded by farmers and fresh food.
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
Alyssa joined Gorge Grown as the 2016-2017 JVC AmeriCorps Volunteer. Alyssa is from Milton, Massachusetts and graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in Environmental Policy and Humanitarian Studies. From a very young age, Alyssa was instilled with a passion for environmental and social justice, especially issues involving food insecurity. Food has had a huge impact on her life, both culturally and professionally, and she is passionate about working toward a local food system that combines equity, education, and sustainability that is accessible for everyone. Alyssa is excited to put her passions into action as the Food Access and Outreach Support for Gorge Grown, especially through her work managing the Mercado del Valle in Odell and supporting school garden projects in the Gorge. In her free time, Alyssa loves to spend time outdoors, cook, eat, play guitar and piano, travel and read.
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. She is ecstatic to be living in such a vibrant and beautiful setting along with so many others who share her passions for the outdoors, good food, and community.
Healthy Cornerstore Program Manager
With a background in community outreach, grassroots networking and marketing, Anna believes a strong local food system is a catalyst for dynamic and healthy communities. Before coming to Gorge Grown, Anna oversaw programs and food access initiatives for Portland Farmers Market and Farmers Market Fund. During that time, she helped lay the groundwork for the realization of Oregon Double Up Food Bucks, a statewide match program for low-income market shoppers. She is honored to continue promoting good, local food to people through the Healthy Cornerstore Initiative.
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
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