Rosey Santerre is a forester by trade, and this love of the outdoors was a natural jumping-off point for her to begin growing her own food about five years ago. “Gardening is just like miniature forestry,” she said jokingly- it takes the same care and stewardship of the land, and allows her to spend her days outdoors. Rosey and her partner, Brian, formerly managed the Mountain Springs Farm and Heritage Center in Sugar Grove, WV, a property that includes over 500 acres of vegetable and animal production. Now, though, they’ve bought land right outside of Franklin, WV, and are cultivating about two and a half acres.
Rosey explained that they’re experimenting this season with a “micro-scale” CSA, with only three members, as well as some restaurant sales. With this small group of customers, Rosey is able to fund her seed purchases and get out in the garden, while having a community outlet for her produce other than her own canning and preserving. She is growing a variety of annual vegetables and flowers, and has about two dozen fruit trees, raspberry bushes, and grapevines growing throughout the property.
In addition to her own farming, Rosey was a key founder of the Pendleton County Farmers’ market, which had its first season in 2014. She was the Market Manager for the first two years, and now serves as the Market’s Board President. She is also working with Paul Goland on his mushroom business- they sell inoculated shiitake logs, as well as the inoculant. While Rosey has thought about expanding her operation some years down the road, for now, she’s happy with the scale of agriculture she’s settled on. She can often be found at the Pendleton Farmers’ Market- stop by to meet her and learn more!