WVFMA is fortunate to have a very active 11-member Board of Directors, of which several are representatives of local farmers markets. If you are interested in contacting them, you can do so through firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Hudson; President
Williamson Farmers Market
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. She also co-created service learning programs centered on local foods and an annual agriculture workshop series in Williamson. She is currently working on a project with area veterans to promote agriculture on surface mined lands.
Sandy Burky; Vice President
WV Farm Advocate
Sandy returned home to the Mountain State full-time in 2003. She has worked to develop initiatives that not only preserves neighborhood integrity and rural mountain lifestyle but promotes and celebrates the vast beauty of West Virginia, the state’s people, their heritage, farming, foods, local markets, businesses, and mountain arts.
Her business development skills and vision of marketing West Virginia mountain lifestyle, has helped focus and establish several agritourism initiatives, artist retail cooperatives, and retail space designed to celebrate a modern West Virginia lifestyle. Sandy is also the co-founder of Mountain Roots Markets, developed to provide local markets offering local produce, foods, arts, and crafts.
Sandy is committed to promoting West Virginia products and venues to national and international markets. She offers business-consulting services to assist organizations, businesses and communities in the areas of asset mapping, strategic planning, product development, sales, marketing, and public relations.
Sandy has a tendency to thrive as an instigator of new ideas and a builder of new initiatives. She enjoys vision, strategy, and execution of plans while managing networks and resources and watching businesses and initiatives come to life, grow, and thrive.
Although highly mobile, Sandy enjoys her remote home in the rural area of Helvetia, WV that was founded by her Swiss ancestors in 1869.
Buck Edwards; Treasurer
Buckhannon Farmers Market
Buck Edwards is a native of West Virginian who became a member of the WVFMA board in 2016. His tireless work and dedication to the people of West Virginia have earned him both the Buckhannon-Upshur Citizen of the Year Award and the city of Buckhannon’s Ambassador Award.
Jeanie Smith; Secretary
WV Farm Advocate
Jean Smith is retired from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. She served as the Director of Marketing and Development from 1999 until her retirement in 2015. She in charge of the development of various farmers markets in WV and served as the WVDA representative for Capital Market in Charleston, which grew from the former Charleston Farmers’ Market, operated by the Department of Agriculture. She was instrumental in the development and growth of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program in West Virginia. Jean remains passionate in her love of Agriculture in her retirement.
Salem Farmers Market
Deaonna Crowe grew up in Ohio, West Virginia and Missouri. Regardless of where her family resided, they had a farm or garden. Deaonna and her family raised sheep, beef stock, dairy cattle, horses, hogs and chickens. Deaonna’s father believed in living off the land, so they ate from their garden and hunted for their food. Her childhood influenced her love for the outdoors.
Deaonna enjoys farm life, hard work, and a slower pace of life. She was her dad’s right hand man at farm. Her father taught her to plant, harvest, graft trees, can, and dry.
In school, Deaonna took every home economics class. This is where she learned to make crafts, crochet, sew, paint, embroider and quilt. Her favorite activity of all was to cook. Deaonna’s father was a cook in the army and taught her how to reduce waste of ingredients. With a collection of over 600 cookbooks, she an adventurous eater who isn’t afraid to try new recipes.
Deaonna loves to give and help others achieve their goals. She does this through her involvement in multiple organizations and activities such as: Bi-County Nutrition, 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.
Deaonna has a wonderful husband who grew up in the city, she is now teaching him about farming and gardening. Together the couple owns 91 acres in Hodgesville, WV. On their property, they have planted several types of fruit, nut trees, mushrooms, ramps, and paw paws. Deaonna has a large family of one son, four step-daughters, and nine grandchildren.
Charles Town Farmers Market
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 approximately 50 laying hens, a 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.
Putnam Farmers Market
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 Putnam Farmers Market and The Wild Ramp. 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, as well as weekly supplements to The Charleston Gazette. The columns often highlight local seasonal ingredients or producers.
Quincy Gray McMichael
Vernal Vibe Rise, Monroe Farm Market, Lewisburg Farmers Market
Quincy Gray McMichael began her life in the wooded Northern Appalachian mountains of Maine, where her parents were living out their back-to-the-land dream. Trees, dirt, animals, and plants were all integral pieces of her childhood. Quincy’s family worked to raise much of the produce upon which they subsisted, and she still feels most at home when working with the land she is privileged to steward.
Quincy, a Human Ecologist and Certified Permaculture Designer, operates Vernal Vibe Rise (VVR), a small, permaculture-focused farm in northern Greenbrier County. She breeds and raises a variety of critically-endangered heritage livestock, all native to our Mid-Atlantic region. Quincy is dedicated to farming with beyond-organic methods along with local GMO-free and certified-organic feeds in an intensive rotational grazing system on organic pasture. Quincy also grows beyond-organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables for market, and produces a number of value-added products. VVR products are available via Monroe Farm Market, Lewisburg Farmers Market, and local Greenbrier Valley restaurants and shops, as well as through home delivery and on-farm by appointment.
Quincy is grateful to have been able to be of service to West Virginia farmers and markets through her work with numerous local and statewide efforts, including previously directing the Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative, serving on the Monroe Farm Market Board of Directors, and assisting with the WV Food and Farm Coalition Meat Processing Committee. In terms of her work with the WVFMA Board, Quincy gladly sits on the Grants Committee and assisted with the 2015 WV Recipe Challenge project, which became the WV Foods and Flavors Farmers Market Cookbook in 2016.
WV Farm Advocate
Buckhannon-Upshur Farmers Market
Hudson Farms CSA
Terry is a sustainable farmer and the founder of Hudson Farms, LLC. Hudson Farms is an agritourism destination with its CSA and farm-to-table events.
Terry donates his time to educate emerging producers and community groups; he also serves as a mentor to young farmers.
Past Board Members
Shelly Keeney, The Wild Ramp
Steve Coleman, Clarksburg Area Farmers Markets
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