Our Staff

Deanna Perlman

Program Manager

Deanna studied Family and Consumer Science Education at UGA but instead of becoming a teacher, she decided to travel the country and work on small farms where she learned everything from shearing sheep and milking cows to growing food and baking sourdough bread.

Deanna recently completed two years as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member where she taught kids about growing, cooking, and enjoying healthy food. She hopes to empower individuals as they discover skills that can make their families and communities more resourceful, resilient, and self-sufficient.

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Haley Peno

Farm & Kitchen Assistant

Haley graduated from Project SEARCH in May 2020 and joined the Wimberly’s Roots team in August of the same year.  She now serves as a mentor for our current Project SEARCH interns and is a tremendous asset to the team. 


Haley has always had a passion for helping others and she enjoys serving the community of Winder. Haley always has a smile on her face while she works.