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FARMS WORK WONDERS

Farms Work Wonders is a non-profit umbrella organization with a vision to create an agrarian focused community based around a sustainable, organic farm that elevates local food as an economic driver. 

To financially sustain the project long-term, our goal is to launch connected income-producing social enterprises (market, bakery, restaurant, production kitchen) which also serve as living classrooms providing unique opportunities to gain real-life experience for local Appalachian youth.  

The social enterprise model allows us to address historically negative economic development in Appalachia—which often only created profits for outside companies—by operating like mini-businesses, harnessing the power of market demand to generate income while creating positive impact locally. 

WE MEASURE OUR SUCCESS BY OUR LOCAL IMPACTS THROUGH:

PEOPLE

Creating educational and economic opportunities

PLANET

Protecting the natural environment

PROCEEDS

Reinvesting 100% of proceeds locally

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 72 people, with over 40 of them local high-school students. In 2018, the market and bakery doubled sales from the previous year and recorded over 3,800 customer transactions. The project has also been recognized as Best Regional Bakery and placed second as the Best Charity statewide by WV Living Magazine.

OUR LIVING CLASSROOMS

The Wardensville Garden Market

FARM

The farm allows us to teach healthy eating habits, organic farming methods and practice, land conservation, biodiversity of crops, soil management, food handling and storage, irrigation, organic pest management, crop rotation, seasonal veggie subscriptions (CSAs), indoor growing and harvest for wholesale, and much more.

The Wardensville Garden Market

MARKET

The market allows us to teach customer service, hospitality, retail sales and operations, stocking, inventory, display, food handling and safety, restaurant management, along with marketing and working with other farm products, and much more.

The Wardensville Garden Market

BAKERY

The bakery allows us to teach cooking and baking, culinary skills, food preparation, food handling and safety, pricing strategies, product development, wholesale production, kitchen and equipment management, supplies and inventory management, planning, order fulfillment, and much more.

OUR BOARD

PAUL YANDURA

PAUL YANDURA

BOARD PRESIDENT

COLETTE LAFORCE

COLETTE LAFORCE

BOARD CHAIR

JONATHAN LEWIS

JONATHAN LEWIS

BOARD MEMBER

MARK ZITELLI

MARK ZITELLI

BOARD MEMBER

DANIA DE LA VEGA

DANIA DE LA VEGA

BOARD PRESIDENT

MITCH ORNDORFF

MITCH ORNDORFF

BOARD CHAIR

SAM BRILL

SAM BRILL

BOARD MEMBER

JERRY YATES

JERRY YATES

BOARD MEMBER

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