Homegrown Organic Farms recently hired Caylan Gingerich, who is now operating as a grower services manager for the company’s organic blueberry category and will be based out of Jefferson, OR.
“We are thrilled to have Caylan on board," Chad Hansen, Homegrown Organic Farms’ blueberry category director, said in a press release. "I believe her experience and roots in the industry will be a great addition to the team and will only help further the mission, vision and values of Homegrown.”
Gingerich grew up on her family’s blueberry farm in Oregon and hasn’t strayed far from those roots as she continues to build her career. She received her bachelor's degree in international business from Messiah College and most recently worked on the North American blueberry procurement team for Gourmet Trading, where she managed growers in the Pacific Northwest and also helped to build the company’s East Coast berry program. Prior to that, Gingerich worked with The Giumarra Cos. on its East Coast berry sales team.
“I’m excited to be joining the team here at Homegrown and continue with my passion of serving growers," Gingerich said in the release. "The growth of the organic market has proved itself as more than a fad and I look forward to continuing to build upon that growth as a member of the Homegrown team.”
Gingerich plans to use her agricultural roots and industry experience to enhance the overall mission of Homegrown Organic Farms. Her initial responsibility will involve learning Homegrown’s system of operations and eventually will be focused specifically on blueberry grower services.