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Farms Work Wonders is a farm-based, nonprofit, social enterprise in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. But here we grow more than vegetables; we are growing the next generation of leaders.

Using our passion for food, farming and hospitality, our mission is to help young people in Appalachia thrive by providing life-enriching experiences and discovery opportunities to help them realize their dreams.

We do this through the development of income-producing enterprises such as our farm, garden market, bakery and production kitchen.  Along with our other mentoring and youth-focused programs, these businesses serve as experiential learning environments to provide unique opportunities for local youth to gain real-life skills, experiences and understanding.

The income produced by our enterprises is 100% reinvested back into our program to financially sustain the organization, create a positive impact locally and correct the historically negative economic development in Appalachia which often only created profits for outside companies.

The Wardensville Garden Market

OUR FIRST PROJECT

In mid-2016, we launched our first farm-based enterprise, the Wardensville Garden Market, on the historic 100-acre Frye farm, with the hopes of creating a small onsite farm market connected to a one-acre garden that would create ten new jobs locally.  

Today, the farm has a bustling produce market and from-scratch bakery and employs 70+ people, with over 50+ of them local high-school students. Since it’s inception, the Wardensville Garden Market has increased sales by more than 100% each year and awarded over $111,000 in scholarships for our college-bound Junior Crew. The project has also been recognized as Best Charity statewide, Best Regional Bakery, and Best Bakery statewide (runner up) by WV Living Magazine.

OUR BOARD

PAUL YANDURA

PAUL YANDURA

PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COLETTE LAFORCE

COLETTE LAFORCE

BOARD CHAIR

JONATHAN LEWIS

JONATHAN LEWIS

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

MARK ZITELLI

MARK ZITELLI

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

DANIA DE LA VEGA

DANIA DE LA VEGA

BOARD MEMBER

MITCH ORNDORFF

MITCH ORNDORFF

BOARD MEMBER

SAM BRILL

SAM BRILL

BOARD MEMBER

JERRY YATES

JERRY YATES

BOARD MEMBER

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