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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...

WVU researchers promote maple syrup production in West Virginia

Jamie Schuler (left), associate professor of silviculture, teaches a WVU student about maple syrup production.
With more than 400 million maple trees, it’s no wonder maple syrup is one of the fastest-growing industries in West Virginia. To help keep the...

WVDA accepting requests for specialty crop block grant applications

Specialty crops reach the market in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now seeking requests for applications for 2020 specialty crop block grants. Funds awarded are used to enhance...

Spotted Lanternfly confirmed in Berkeley County

A spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) adult winged.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of a new invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycormia delicatula), in West Virginia. A small...

The Pumpkin—West Virginia tradition steeped in lore

Pick-your-own pumpkin farms are growing increasingly popular across West Virginia.
With the exception of corn, perhaps no vegetable is as all-American as the pumpkin. Carved as a Jack-O'-Lantern or pureed into a Thanksgiving pastry,...

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