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Café Appalachia and W.Va. State U. offer gardening series

Through October the lunch-and-learn series look at gardening in West Virginia.
Café Appalachia is teaming up with the West Virginia State University Extension Service to host a six-part series of gardening workshops through October 2020. The...

Worm Moon of March lore is accurate, says West Virginia gardener

Worms become notably active in the upper layer of the soil in March.
Worms are already making their presence known in the upper layers of the soil, says a West Virginia permaculturist who can attest to the...

Aging, declining population leading to drop in ramp dinners

Ramps in West Virginia
A decline in population across West Virginia may be contributing to a drop in traditional spring ramp feasts, despite increased interest among tourists and...

WVU, food pantry in Wyoming County expand poultry project

Poultry is now helping feed families in rugged Wyoming County in southern West Virginia. (WVU Photo)
Nestled among some of the steepest mountains in southern West Virginia, Wyoming County is weathering equally steep economic struggles. Almost wholly reliant on a declining...

New River Gorge farm to launch online farmer's market

Farm manager Susanna Wheeler tends a garden at New Roots Community Farm near Fayetteville, West Virginia.
Technology is providing a boost for farming and agritourism in the northern New River Gorge Region, thanks to a partnership between a central-Appalachian agricultural...

W.Va. State U. to host spatial analysis workshop for farmers

A farmer surveys pasture and cropland in eastern West Virginia.
The extension service of West Virginia State University will host a workshop series on sustainable production management through spatial analysis beginning Feb. 25, 2020. The...

Winter Blues Farmers’ Market returning to Charleston Feb. 22

Specialty crops reach the market in West Virginia.
The Winter Blues Farmers’ Market will return to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, West Virginia, Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1-5 p.m. The...

Travel magazine greets explosion of interest in W.Va. ramp festivals

A plate of ramps, or wild leeks, awaits a hungry diner in West Virginia, where the plant is a spring delicacy.
Interest in West Virginia ramp festivals has increased dramatically over the last year, and editors at West Virginia Explorer Magazine are changing practices to...

Maple syrup drawing visitors to Pocahontas County

Maple syrup harvest season arrives in Pocahontas County in February. (Photo courtesy Gabriel Gurrola)
The production of maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in West Virginia, and it's enjoying an economic resurgence while attracting a new group of...

West Virginia submits hemp plan to U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

A field of hemp in West Virginia greets the dawn.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has submitted the state’s plan to regulate industrial hemp to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and officials are...

West Virginia gardeners can do much to support butterflies

Pollination is a particular concern in West Virginia where agriculture is taking an economic lead.
Concerns about a decline in bees and butterflies have grown in recent years, but West Virginians have a unique opportunity to offer their lush...

W.Va. launches new farming assistance program for vets

A new agricultural program has been launched to help veterans engaging in agriculture.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has launched a new agricultural training series for veterans in West Virginia, according to state Commissioner of Agriculture...

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