Our Mission

The Wild Ramp (Tri-State Local Foods, Inc.) is an indoor, year-round, 501(c)(3) nonprofit farmers market based in Huntington, West Virginia, with a mission to grow and support a vibrant economy and community for local food, food products, and artisan goods.

Board of Directors

President: Craig Zappin
Vice President: Alexander Arrington
Treasurer: Vacant
Secretary: Jennifer Ball
Shawna Adkins, Eric Grandon, Martha Evans, Roy Ramey, Emil Witherell

Meet the Team

We’re led by a group of passionate individuals working to grow a community for agriculture. We love what we do!

To join the team: www.facebook.com/TheWildRamp/jobs

Shelly Keeney

Market Director

Shelly Keeney is a Huntington native and has a long history within the local food system. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for close to 10 years. In her role as Market Director, Shelly oversees all aspects of The Wild Ramp — including working with other local and regional food systems in an effort to expand access to local food. Prior to her current role as Market Director, she managed a commercial kitchen where she worked with regional farmers to create value-added foods and canned goods. Shelly also co-owned a small, local herd share business where she became skilled at producing farmstead goat cheeses and learned the importance of knowing where your food comes from. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys cheesemaking, gardening (especially herbs & lavender), and spending time visiting other farmers markets.

Devyn Messinger

Online Food Hub Manager

Devyn started her journey with the Wild Ramp as a Mobile Market Associate where she loaded fresh produce on a truck and set up around the city to live out our mission. Today, she leads the efforts of the Online Food Hub, an eCommerce marketplace for The Wild Ramp. An avid traveler, Devyn has lived in and explored many places but knows West Virginia as home. Devyn trained at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, where she developed a craft for farm-to-table cuisine and a passion for local food. When she’s not at the market, you can find her painting, browsing through her endless collection of cookbooks or on the hunt for her next great meal.

Leah Lowe

Development Coordinator

Leah Lowe has worked in economic development since 2002, working for area development districts, local governments and nonprofits. She is a West Virginia University graduate and enjoys volunteering, crocheting, reading and hiking. Leah and her husband live with their five kids, a dog, two cats and a leopard gecko and are resurrecting a 100+ year old apple orchard on their acreage in Roane County.

Jedediah Thornburgh

Harvest Kitchen Manager

A Huntington native, Jedediah Thornburgh has over 15 years of culinary experience. During high school, Jedediah was a member of the culinary competition team which competed on a national level. He then went to college at the National Institute for Culinary Arts at Mountain State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Since college, he has remained in Huntington, honing his craft at several different area businesses. Jedediah has developed a fondness for farm to table cooking and enjoys sourcing and utilizing local ingredients. Jedediah is responsible for expanding The Wild Ramp Harvest Kitchen program by creating value-added products that directly supports local farmers and increases local food consumption. He is also responsible for facilitating regular educational and demonstrational cooking classes that market seasonal, local foods.

Jackie Cluff

Lead Market Associate

Jaclynn (Jackie) Cluff joined The Wild Ramp as a Lead Market Associate in 2022 after more than 15 years in the restaurant industry. Her passion for community and local food drove her to join the Wild Ramp. You can find Jackie in the market catching up with farmers, coordinating our volunteers and leading the staff to continue growing the market. She prides herself on building lasting relationships with the farmers that supply the Wild Ramp retail market. She strives to maintain a clean and fully stocked market. Jackie is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Huntington for most of her life. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crafting and reading.

Crystal Newman

Food Hub Driver

Crystal Newman may be new to the Food Hub driver position, but she brings with her 8 years of professional driving experience. Interestingly enough, she is no stranger to the Wild Ramp community, as she has served as a volunteer several times over the years. It is no surprise that Crystal describes herself as the Wild Ramp's "biggest fan." In her downtime, Crystal loves to experiment with unique and adventurous dishes in the kitchen, showcasing her culinary creativity. Additionally, she finds joy in sewing and needlework, and devotes her free time to caring for her family - which includes two sons, a husband of over 30 years, a persnickety cat, and a new puppy.