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 of building community through healthy food. Hannah loves the great outdoors and is happiest when hiking, camping, and gardening.
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.
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.
Local Food Access Coordinator
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
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.
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.
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.
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.