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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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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Hannah Brzozowski

Veggie Rx Program Support

Hannah Brzozowski has been a registered dietitian-nutritionist for 10 years. She is currently working with Gorge Grown to deliver nutrition curriculum and Veggie Rx support. She provides 1:1 nutrition counseling through her private practice and sees patients both adult and pediatric, with Mosaic Medical FQHC. Hannah has worked with a variety of patients with focus on diabetes, disordered eating, gut sensitivities, and general healthful eating. Hannah developed and directed the VeggieRx program in Bend Oregon for 4 years with High Desert Food & Farm Alliance. Outside of work, she spends most of her free time mountain biking, skiing, growing flowers, preserving and fermenting food and having dinner parties.

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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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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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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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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.