WVFMA is fortunate to have a very active 11-member Board of Directors, of which nearly all the members are representatives of local farmers markets. If you are interested in contacting them, you can do so through firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Jenny Hudson moved to West Virginia in 2008 and began working on a citywide initiative called Sustainable Williamson. As director of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, she is part of a research project employing clinical and neighborhood interventions to improve public health. She worked with the local government to launch the Williamson Farmers Market and Ramella Park Garden of Eatin’ and assisted with the recruitment of core volunteers and outreach efforts to engage farmers. Jenny has helped to secure resources to sustain local food projects including a prescription vegetable voucher system; co-created service learning programs around local foods; and co-created an annual agriculture workshop series in Williamson. She is currently working on a project with area veterans to promote agriculture on surface mined lands.
The Wild Ramp
Shelly Keeney is a native of Huntington WV. She serves on the WVFMA board as Secretary. She is also the Market Manager for The Wild Ramp farmers market, a non-profit year round indoor market open 6 days a week located in Huntington, WV. Shelly oversees all aspects of daily market operations and is the go-to person for farmers and food producers. She believes that everyone should have access to fresh, local food no matter where they live. Her farmers market involvement began as a dairy goat producer. Shelly’s hobbies include cheesemaking, soapmaking, and herb gardening.
Deaonna grew up in three different states, Ohio, West Virginia and Missouri and in all the state her family lived, they had a farm or gardens. They raised sheep, beef stock, dairy cattle and milked every day, hogs and chicken. Her family owned several riding horses. Deaonna’s father was big into growing your own food so they lived off the land and hunted.
Deaonna enjoys the farm life hard work and a slower way of life. Her father taught her everything from planting to harvest, grafting trees, canning, drying. She was my dad’s right hand man when it came to the farm.
In school, she took all the home economic classes she could to pick up skills that her father did not teach her. This is where she learned to make crafts, crochet, sew, paint, embroider, quilt but her favorite is cooking. Deaonna’s father was a cook in the army and taught her great skills most of all how not to waste anything. With a collection of over 600 cookbooks, she researches a lot to learn new recipes. She is not afraid to try new things. Deaonna loves to learn anything and everything.
Deaonna loves to hunt and fish, love the outdoors. She likes to garden.
Volunteer for Bi-County Nutrition, President of the Stonewood CEOS Sunbonnets, Fort New Salem Heritage cook-off, Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Harrison County, Literacy Volunteer of Harrison County, FBI Citizen Academy, United Way of Harrison County, Clarksburg Farmers Market, Salem Farmers Market, WV Herb association and National Wild Food. She loves to give of herself to help other achieve their goals.
Deaonna is married to a wonderful husband that is learning about farming and gardening. He was a city boy. She has one son, four step daughters, and nine grandchildren. They own 91 acres in Hodgesville WV. They have planted a lot of fruit, nut trees and other plants including mushrooms, ramps and paw paws on the property.
Fiona was born in California and grew up a beach girl. She had no interest in local foods, agriculture, or seasonal eating (everything is always in season in CA!). Fiona graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Natural Resources and has always loved the outdoors, nature, camping, and hiking. She worked all over the west for the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks.
She moved to West Virginia in 2001 and in 2009, after five years in the wine industry, she decided to start a small farm. She was a vendor at the Charles Town Farmers Market for five seasons and she took over managing that market in 2012. Along with a market committee, she grew that market from just a few vendors in 2011 to over 40 vendors on the books in 2015. It is one of the premiere markets in the state and continues to foster a sense of community and friendship on Saturday mornings.
Fiona maintains a flock of ~50 laying hens, a decent sized garden and seven cats. In addition to being at market, she can be found in the garden cursing at the honeysuckle, declaring death to the chickweed with her flame weeder and waging war on the groundhogs that insist on chewing holes in her fence.
Susan Maslowski’s interest in gardening started in 1975 when she moved from West Virginia’s northernmost town, Chester, to Milton, WV. She is a member of the Putnam Farmers’ Market in Hurricane and The Wild Ramp in Huntington. Susan and her husband, an archeologist, have always been interested in food and culture. They make a point to visit farmers’ markets wherever they travel. Susan’s enthusiasm for farmers markets brought her to the WVFMA where she chairs the Policy Committee.
Susan is a professional potter specializing in utilitarian stoneware, which she also sells at PFM and TWR. She has a B.A. in Art, Mathematics and Home Economics from Glenville State College. She also writes a weekly cooking column for The Metro Putnam and Kanawha Valley Neighbors, weekly supplements to The Charleston Gazette. The columns often highlight local seasonal ingredients or producers.
Quincy Gray McMichael
Past Board Members
Janet McDaniel, Monroe Farmers Market
Larry Lower, Berkeley Springs Farmers Market
Kellie Boles, Jefferson Farmers Market
Carrie Brainard, Calhoun & Wirt Farmers Markets
Craig Canterbury, Jackson County Farmers Market
Ann Conageski, Parkersburg Farmers Market
Jack Dunbar, Breezy Heights Farm, Sinks Grove
Lesa Gay, South Morgantown Community Farmers Market
Steve Martin, Romney Farmers Market
Melissa Lewis, Putnam County Farmers Market
Savannah Lyons, Fayette County Farmers Market
Rachel Moran, Interim Appointed, Monroe Farmers Market
Katy Orr, Orrs Farm Market, Martinsburg
Bill Reebel, Mason County Farm Markets
Ann Sandor, Interim Appointed, Morgantown Farmers Market
Susan Sauter, Morgantown Farmers Market
Brenda Shiflett, Morgantown Farmers Market
Pam West, West Farm, Lewisburg
Joel Wolpert, Elkins Farm Market
Deb Workman, Bridgeport Farmers Market
Brenda Hunt, Barbour County Community Garden
Tom Myslinsky, Grow Local Go Local
Elizabeth Spellman, Fayette County Farmers Market