Who We Are
Native Roots, Inc. is a sister owned and operated native plant grower with small nursery operations in NE Ohio and the Parkersburg, WV area.
We strive to build community as a vendor, as educators and collaborators, working with local customers and farmer's markets, park systems, and ecological events.
Our desire is to help supply a restoration of local ecosystem biodiversity, to educate the public on the benefits of native plants and to build a community of individuals and vendors to share ideas and knowledge.
Native Roots, Inc.
Native Roots is a sister owned and operated native plant nursery with small operations in Richfield, OH as well as Mineral Wells, WV. We began our operations in 2011, with the goal to be a native plant resource for home owners and businesses concerned about ecological restoration. We sustainably hand collect all of our seeds from their natural habitats in some of our favorite plant communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to make these species available to you. Native Roots now offers over 100 species of perennials, shrubs and small trees that bloom at different times throughout spring, summer, and fall. Each of these plants provide a special role for a wide variety of pollinators and other animals.
Sonia is a professional Wetland Biologist with a B.S. in Biology from Hiram College and a M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in restoration ecology from Ohio State University. Sonia has nearly 23 years experience in wetland and aquatic ecology.
Throughout her career, Sonia has collaborated with a wide variety of individuals across many disciplines to develop and implement project goals related to conservation, restoration, development, and mitigation.
Sonia loves plants and has worked in nurseries and landscaping businesses since she was old enough to work. She has always wanted to be a grower and finds joy in discovering and collecting seeds from unique wildflower populations to share their beauty and benefits with others..
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Jen has always loved nature and gardening. She spent her early adult life working in nurseries and landscaping and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Certificate of Environmental Studies from The University of Akron in 2007. Jen worked as a leader in Corporate America for over a decade and recently decided to make a major career change.
She is now an 8th grade science teacher at a middle school in Parkersburg, WV and is working on her Masters in Education from Marshall University. In her spare time, Jen keeps the books for Native Roots, studies herbalism, collects and processes native seed, and grows native plants, herbs and vegetables at her location in Mineral Wells, WV.
Jen really enjoys participating in Native Roots, Inc. events and interacting with all of the customers and people who are learning or are passionate about natives and the need to increase biodiversity and habitat for fauna.
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Evolution of Native Roots
Starting small in 2011
We have been fortunate that our love for plants has also brought us together as a family. Grandpa John and boys constructing our first benches.
Constructed a hoophouse in 2013
Countryside Farmer's Markets
We joined the Countryside Farmer's Market community in 2014.
In 2015, we erected the greenhouse that is currently on the NRI property.
Sisters and Mom
The three women behind the operation
O Works joined the market in 2016 and started offering a selection of his art work for sale
2021 NRI Meadow Burn
Applied fire to the prairie to improve wildflower success.
2021 Post Burn
We continue cleaning and expanding each year
O works is also improving!
Help from our Friends
We still seize each moment we can to gather with friends and have fun while we work!