Five years ago, the Wardensville Garden Market consisted only of 10 high school Junior Crew Members, two leaders, and a small garden with a greenhouse. Since then, we have grown into three successful social enterprises and a staff of over 80. But, what has come of some of the original Junior Crew, you might ask? Ethan, one of the original ten and one of the remaining three still working with us, sent an update, and we’d love to share!  

Ethan is currently a 4.0 student at West Virginia University, where he has maintained academic excellence in a hybrid environment between online and in-person classes through the pandemic. He is a political science and philosophy major and is minoring in history.
He shares, “I hope that I will eventually go on to law school after graduating from WVU in Fall 2022. I have maintained my president’s list standing and political and legal internships. Currently, I am beginning an internship with the West Virginia State Democratic Chairs Association to assist prospective democrat voters and their respective democratic chair executives of the various 55 counties in maximizing their resources and the like.”

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“The garden market has retained my hope for college and has maintained a vital investment in the enrichment of my character. My fellow Wardensville Garden Market student colleagues are proof that community investment helps communities thrive. The garden market and its continued patronage is proof that their investments work for people like me who grow up in very rural areas.
I want to personally thank our customers who support this non-profit and the directors, and everyone in between. Without the dedication and hard work they provide, I would not be where I am today.”

We could not be more proud of how far Ethan has come, and we are grateful we get to support him along the way through intern and scholarship opportunities.
If you would like to help us continue this mission, support us today!

Natalie Mayfield

Natalie Mayfield

Marketing Lead

Hi there! I am Natalie, and I was one of the original Junior Crew hires back in 2016! Since then, I have graduated from WVU with my B.S in Political Science and PR. I am currently working in our Marketing Department as I work towards my M.S in Integrated Marketing Communications. I couldn’t be happier to share about the current youth we have working here and help YOU see the difference you’ve made in our lives!

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