Cindy Jenks is the Farm Director and is responsible for the overall working life of the Wardensville Garden Market, including field, market and bakery operations.
Jenks has over 13 years of management experience on the farm, in retail and in veterinary medicine. She was born here and raised by her grandparents on a working farm near Wardensville that supplied most of their meat, dairy, and vegetable needs each year. She and her husband still live on that same farm today, raising horses that they lease to summer camps for kids to ride. She also currently raises about 60 piglets a year from 3 sows for marketing and butchering, and she raises free range chickens, turkeys, and ducks from which she sells about 60 dozen eggs a month and that supplies meat on the table. She also maintains a large garden that produces more than enough for her family, and she enjoy shares the surplus with the elderly and the local food bank. As an initial hire, she was instrumental in setting up the farm operation.
Emma Kiser is the Head Baker and as such she in charge of our highly-successful bakery operation. She is responsible for planning hundreds of fresh-baked products daily, and for training our local youth employees during their bakery rotation.
Kiser has a background primarily in naturalism, environmental education for children, and small-scale sustainable farming. She has a degree from Virginia Tech in Environmental Policy and Urban Planning, which she exercised in an internship at The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Policy department in Arlington, Virginia. She then taught school-aged children about nature in Fairfax County’s public parks while getting certified as a Master Naturalist in Arlington County. After getting a taste of organic, simple, hands-on vegetable growing on a friend’s farm in West Virginia, Kiser was hooked and a year later was already starting her own market garden with her partner in Virginia. They sold at a local farmers’ market until their son was born, after which she volunteered on a handful of small, organic West Virginia “farmettes,” until she joined the Wardensville Garden Market at its inception. As a first hire, Kiser was an important part of the set up of the market and operations components of the farm.
Director of Market and Operations
Ryan Grimm is the Market and Operations Director. His responsibilities include logistics of overall farm finance and payroll, management of staff and business upkeep, WGM record keeping, display and development of the farm market, and training local youth staff on cash management and customer service.
Grimm was born and raised in the local area and began working at 15 as a manager to a local restaurant. He now has over 7 years of management experience and started his own business in social marketing. Grimm is a board member for the Hardy County Tours and Craft Association, Food Inc. non-profit, and the Hardy County Democratic Council. Grimm keeps an active hand in local community events and volunteers his time when available. Grimm has a passion for his home state and for practicing and promoting healthier lifestyles. Originally set on opening his own farm to table restaurant during the founding of the WGM he soon saw the value and opportunity provided by the business and jumped at the opportunity to help.
Director of Partnerships + Development
Vicki Johnson guides the farm’s education curriculum, and encourages partnerships and collaborations with other nonprofits, local and state education partners, as well as other stakeholders such as fresh food and sustainability entrepreneurs. Johnson has roots in farming and is the descendent of many generations of Georgia farmers, and was once an organic farm intern herself.
Since arriving in Hardy County in 2015, Johnson has served on the local East Hardy Early Middle School’s Local School Improvement Council, volunteered her time for causes both at her daughter’s school and in the community, opened Lucky Johnson General Store on Main Street in Wardensville (voted a top new business in its first year by the Moorefield Examiner), and joined Lost River Real Estate’s Wardensville office. She is an active member of the Wardensville Main Street Initiative. She has over 20 years of experience in law, government, human resources, and politics, including a stint as an attorney in the White House. She held presidential appointments at the EEOC, the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development and the White House.