Our Staff

Deanna Perlman

Education Specialist

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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Julia Streett

Farm Manager

Julia has been setting down roots in Georgia for the past two years. Originally from Maryland, she has travelled around the country building cabins, planting gardens, and teaching people about ecosystem health. Academically, she’s a Marine Geologist, but in real life she is dedicated to healthy soils and resilient, sustainable food systems in our local communities. She draws from a wealth of experiences including time with the US Forestry Service in Alaska, trail construction in New Mexico, and community gardens in Florida.


Her passions include compost, dairy goats, and cooking. One day, Julia hopes to find her forever home and set up a regenerative farm and market with her partner.

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Haley Peno

Prep Chef/Steward

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.