Gorge Grown Staff

Gorge Grown Food Network is managed and operated by our dedicated year round staff and our wonderful volunteers.

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Sarah Sullivan

Executive Director

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.

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Hannah Ladwig

Farmers Market Operations Director

Communications & Outreach Director

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. 

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Kelsey Rairigh

Mobile Farmers Market & Procurement Manager

Since 2014, Kelsey has had the fortune to call Oregon home and returned to the West Coast after finishing her B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. She began her farming journey in 2018 in Scotland, followed by an internship alongside Rogue Farm Corps in Sisters, Oregon and continued her education throughout farms in Portland and the Gorge. She is passionate about supporting local vendors and farmers and ensuring access to healthy food for all.

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Gabrielle Geller

Veggie Rx Program Coordinator

As a lover of all things nature, gardening and food, Gabrielle has found home and community here in the Gorge. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in environmental science and Spanish, Gabrielle has always been fascinated with the relationship between people and their environments. She is passionate about the local food economy and systems while ensuring equity and access to resources. Her previous work experience includes advocacy for survivors of DV/SA and working with the most vulnerable populations. In her free time, Gabrielle loves to grow food, spend time in nature, and practice movement including aerial silks, handstands, dance, and acrobatics.

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Samantha Bergonia

Hood River Farmers Market Assistant Manager

Samantha recently relocated to Hood River from Fort Collins, Colorado. There she spent time as owner and operator of a local farm, served as Director of Community Engagement on the board of her local co-op, as well as taught young children in a Waldorf inspired classroom. Samantha has a passion for helping individuals learn, grow, and thrive within their community. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have been fully immersed in the Fort Collins community and is excited to do the same in the Gorge. When not at the market, you will likely find Samantha on her bike, scouting out local climbing crags, and taking every chance she gets to soak up some sunshine.

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Joel Pelayo

Latino Outreach

Joel helps engage the Latino community in Gorge Grown programs including the Mercado del Valle (Odell Farmers Market). He serves of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Food Security Coalition. Joel has been a Community Health Worker for more than 20 years. He is co-founder of Raíces Cooperative Farm, and co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee of the regional Columbia Gorge Health Council. Joel co-facilitates trainings in diversity, equity and inclusion through The Next Door Inc.  

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Yeli Boots

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.

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Jerica Beckman

White Salmon Farmers Market Manager 

As a recent transplant, Jerica adores the flora, fauna, waterfalls and mountains that the Gorge offers. She has farmed organically since 2017 in Wisconsin (her home state), Kansas City, Puerto Rico, Colorado, and Oregon. She loves how health and wellness are positively tied to eating seasonally. Jerica is an avid forager and is currently diving into Ayurveda, an ancient Indian health science. She calls White Salmon home and is looking forward to connecting with the community in her role as the market manager. 

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Amanda Moore

Farmers Market Assistant

Amanda’s lucky enough to call Hood River her hometown. She grew up in an agricultural family who also loved to garden themselves. As such, she is acutely aware of the benefits of supporting local farmers and families here in the gorge. She’s spent over 4 years working in the local wine industry which has given her an even greater appreciation of anything Gorge grown. In her free time you can find her outside hiking with her dog, baking something fun and tasty or reading bad syfy novels.