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New Division for Land-Grant Engagement to be home of Davis, Extension and Center for Community Engagement.

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Jorge Atiles, current dean and director of Extension and Engagement at WVU, will serve as the institution’s new associate vice president and dean for Land-Grant Engagement, overseeing all three units in the new division launching July 1, 2024. Stay informed of the progress. Email any questions to

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Grow This plants seed that ignited WVU student’s passion for natural dyes and textiles

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Sometimes planting a seed can lead to more growth than you ever expected. West Virginia University graduate student Cassandra Stewart is the perfect example of that. Seeds from WVU Extension’s Grow This program led Cassandra, a graduate research assistant studying design and merchandising in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, to make textiles using natural dyes from flowers she grew.  

After receiving a raised garden bed for Christmas in 2022, Cassandra’s sister Kate wanted to try growing a garden. Kate saw an advertisement for the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program’s Grow This seeds and signed up to receive seeds for cosmic purple carrots, red ursa kale and miniature mixed color bell peppers.  

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McDowell County 4-H’ers to represent West Virginia at national conference

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In March, three West Virginia 4-H’ers from McDowell County will travel to the Ignite by 4-H conference in Washington D.C. to teach a STEM activity with West Virginia’s “Space Gal” Emily Calandrelli.

Grow This launches free online gardening classes featuring WVU Extension experts

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Grow This, West Virginia University Extension’s free seed program, has launched a new series of online classes to help budding gardeners grow their best garden yet. 

WVU Extension offers training course and demonstration event to reduce risk of injury for arborists and logging professionals

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Arborists and loggers must use the utmost precaution in their jobs as there is a high risk of injuries and fatalities. To reduce these risks, West Virginia University Extension Safety and Health is hosting two events, a logging demonstration and training event and a chainsaw safety and tree felling training course to improve safety conditions in the logging and arboriculture industry. 

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