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Our Staff

We are a small team, working toward a big mission.

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Virginia Ortiz

Executive Director

For more than 30 years, Virginia has developed, directed, and sustained non-profit and faith-based organizations. A graduate of the National Community Development Training Institute, she is skilled in the areas of executive level non-profit management, fund development, program development, affordable housing, and community economic development. She has held executive level positions with Bayaud Enterprises, Mile High Ministries, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, ACCESS Housing, The Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, and NEWSED Community Development Corporation. Additionally, she has held mayoral and gubernatorial appointments on the Denver Zoning Board, Colorado Correctional Industries Board, and the Denver Neighborhood Health Program Board, and has served on numerous charter school and other non-profit Boards. Current board involvement includes Denver Basic Income Project, The Denver Foundation Community Impact Advisory Board, and Activate Work Solutions.

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Lindsey Hoffman

Director of Marketing and Development

Lindsey grew up in Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington DC.  She studied business and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and moved to Colorado shortly after. Her story with GoFarm began in January 2018 after spending time working in marketing and e-commerce, as well as working on an organic farm in New Hampshire. Lindsey believes that creating a strong, local food economy cannot be possible without educating community members on the importance of local, sustainable agriculture and all of its many health and environmental benefits. When she’s not working, she loves to hike, camp, swing dance, go to bluegrass concerts, and spend time with family and friends.

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Jess Soulis

Program Director: Community Food Access

​Jess grew up in Redfield, Iowa and has always felt deeply connected with the woods and rivers of her home state. Her work at GoFarm is grounded in this sense of connection with and responsibility toward the natural world and in her belief that its bounty - healthy, delicious food - should be shared by everyone. Before coming to GoFarm, Jess worked in the fields of food systems and agriculture, housing and shelter, and education, most recently with Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Global Greens program. In 2012 she graduated from Iowa State University with a Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology and a certificate in Social Justice in Higher Education. She loves to spend time hiking, gardening, and building community around social justice and good food!

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Kate Falkenhart

Director of Food Operations

Kate has worked with nonprofits since 2008 when she began her career in web and graphic design at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Her wanderlust led her to New York City where she got swept up as a grassroots organizer with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. During that time she worked on a software project that matched local farms with unhoused activists. Through her research she fell in love with a farm in New Hampshire and wound up working her first season in the field in 2012. Since then she’s made Colorado home, where she continues to work at the intersection of local farming, environmental & food justice, anti-racism, social permaculture, and cooperative economics. When she’s not at work you can find her and her dog Beans in the kitchen, canning veggies and listening to Dungeons & Dragons podcasts. 

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Kevin Oster

Program Director: Farmer Development and Support

Kevin joins GoFarm after working at Red Wagon Organic Farm in Longmont as the harvest manager. He has experience growing vegetables for CSA's and local restaurants, managing the day-to-day operations of a farm, and managing a farm crew. He has his Masters in Sustainability from Harvard Extension School, with a focus on sustainable food systems. Kevin grew up outside New York City with little exposure to farming, but has immersed himself in all things farming in recent years. As Farmer Assistance Program Manager, Kevin aims to make farming more accessible for those not traditionally exposed to the industry. He is an advocate for the healing nature of working with soil and seeks to ensure young farmers achieve financial sustainability working with the land. If not at work, you can find Kevin skiing, dancing or fostering a dog with the Denver Dumb Friends League. 

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Solveig Adalsteinsdottir

Program Manager: Local Food Share

Solveig worked as a Community Food Access Intern with GoFarm in the summer of 2021 and is excited to continue supporting the local food system through this new role. Both of her parents immigrated from Iceland to Southern California, where she grew up. She studied Clinical Nutrition at UC Davis and has a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Iceland. After completing research on maternal diet and iodine status, she decided to pursue a dietetic internship with an emphasis in public health. As a Registered Dietitian, Solveig is incredibly passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to fresh, nutritious food. She moved to Colorado with her wife in June of 2020 and fell in love with the mountains, strong sense of community, and heavy bass music scene. She also really loves dogs. 

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Evelyn Gutierrez

Bilingual Community Liaison

Evelyn moved to Colorado 5 years ago and has loved every part of it. She has recently begun her gardening adventures and has added a flock of chickens and 2 dogs to her home - which can sometimes be a bit chaotic. Her and her husband enjoy working on cars, as well as being outdoors and exploring hiking trails around Denver. They love to cook and love trying out different recipes with unique vegetables and fruits. It has been a long-time dream to grow and eat their own food, and now that dream has come true!

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Mel Freshwater

Community Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Mel grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where she developed a keen interest in the natural world. This led her to a variety of outdoor jobs- trail work in the Smoky Mountains, guiding in Costa Rica, and farming in Hawaii. This experience with WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) gave her a fond appreciation for sustainable agriculture, which she studied at James Madison University. Through an Urban Agriculture Certificate program at MSU Denver, she got to know many local producers! She is thrilled to share the importance and joy of local, sustainably-grown food with the community. Mel loves all things food- especially cooking with others. She likes to hike, camp, travel, and enjoy live music.