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
WSFMA Regional Lead- Columbia Gorge
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 for local agriculture, entrepreneurship, food access, politics, justice and wellness. Hannah loves the great outdoors and is happiest when hiking, camping, swimming and making.
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. Liz’s experience in wilderness therapy 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.
Veggie Rx Program Manager
Kate moved to the Gorge after graduating from Oregon Health and Science University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She was drawn to the area because of her love of the outdoors and her desire to work with the Latino community. Her interest in the Latino community developed during a college overseas program to Argentina that ultimately led to a degree in Hispanic Studies from Lewis and Clark College. In addition, Kate spent a month in Mexico during nursing school learning about the Mexican healthcare system. For the past 15 or so years, she has worked in local public health in a variety of roles. She is currently a licensed Lactation Consultant working with Klickitat County Health Department’s WIC program. She lives in Husum, WA with her two boys and is an avid tennis player.
Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Audra, a Parkale native, graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Food-Systems Studies. She grew up on an orchard and enjoys working in the dirt! Since college, she has worked on an organic coffee and microgreen farm in Hawaii, was a program coordinator at Cascade Mountain School, and returned to work on her family’s farm. Audra feels very connected to the land and the people of the Gorge and is looking forward to rerooting back in her hometown.
Latino Outreach Manager
Joel is a community health worker and active community member. He’s likes to garden and is involved with Raíces Cooperative Farm. He also enjoys learning from others and connecting with the community. When he’s not busy in his blueberry patch, he likes to play guitar with his son.
Food Access Coordinator
Kiara, an Oregon gal born and raised, moved to the Gorge in 2017 as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) AmeriCorps member to work with the Oregon State University Extension Service of Wasco County. She attended the University of Oregon where she studied Planning, Public Policy & Management and Food Studies. Kiara has spent her collegiate and professional career working to ensure that good food is accessible to all and that the means of its production are just: work she is grateful to continue in her role with Gorge Grown. Kiara resides in The Dalles, where she’s happily soaking up the sunshine and soft colors of the “dry side” of the Gorge.
Mercado del Valle Ambassador
Yelitza (Yeli) Boots, plays two roles in our community one as the Bilingual Outreach Specialist for the Hood River County Library and has now joined our team to help support Mercado del Valle. Yeli has a great love for her culture and ethnic background as her mother migrated from Mexico and began working in the cherry orchards in Yakima, WA. Yeli has built her career working with and supporting children and families from diverse backgrounds for over 12 years in the Oregon region. She believes in the process of building communities and community partnerships. Yeli loves spending her free time with her 3 children, husband, family & friends.
Mobile Market & Procurement Manager
April has called Hood River home for over twelve years. She attended WSU where she earned her BA in Human Development & Psychology. In 2005, April co-founded Betties 360, a non-profit organization that provides underserved girls in the Portland community access to outdoor activities and life-skills. For the past several years, she has worked in the food industry in Hood River, where she learned more about the food economy from a commercial restaurant perspective. She found her passions and interest coincide with the building a strong local food system. April took this love for local food and found ways to get involved: volunteering at a local farm, joining a CSA and shopping at local farmers markets. In her position as Mobile Market and Procurement Manager, April is able to be a part of the local food system in a real and practical way: getting local, quality food into the hands of people that may not otherwise have access to it.
Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Gabriel joins Gorge Grown at the Hood River Farmers Market Assistant Manager. He also works with Nuestra Comunidad Sana, a program of The Next Door Inc., as the Business Development Coordinator to support local entrepreneurs. In the past, he has helped coordinate the Raíces Cooperative farm and been a vendor at the Hood River Farmers Market.
Mosier Farmers Market Coordinator
By nature, Sam is a maker and has a passion for the arts and creativity. She’s excited to bring that passion to the Mosier Farmers Market. She is embedded in the Mosier community through her work with the Mosier Community School and the theatre arts program.