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Become a WVU Extension Master Gardener!

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We are excited to offer in-person Extension Master Gardener training this August. The training course is an opportunity for gardeners to improve their horticultural knowledge, and to share what they learn with the public during organized volunteer activities.

Program topics covered include: botany, plant problem diagnosis, soils, ornamental plants, pest management, fruits, vegetables, and plant propagation. WVU Extension Service staff, Master Gardeners, and local area experts serve as class instructors.

Garden Fest & Plant Sale May 14th!

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The volunteer Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners are pleased announce the 2022 Garden Fest & Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be held at the WVU Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center at 67 Apple Harvest Lane in Kearneysville, WV.

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Berkeley County in the News

Michael Withrow hired as WVU Berkeley County Extension Service’s 4-H agent

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For Michael Withrow, Berkeley County’s newest West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H agent, the notion of education and extension’s role in the community is a classic, timeless combination that he encountered often growing up around agriculture. Now, as he starts his new position, he’s excited to pay it back and create a positive environment for youths in the communities he serves.

Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

West Virginia University Extension works to provide “solutions in your community” through key programs and resources including agriculture, environment and natural resources, 4-H youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all residents of Berkeley County thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners – the Board of Education and County Council.

Berkeley County Highlights

    • 4-H STEM kits were developed to provide hands-on learning for students during COVID. More than 7,500 complete kits were sent to schools in the community.
    • The 2020 Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardener classes were held virtually with 14 adults successfully completing the program.
    • The Family and Community Development agent successfully presented Sleigh the Holidays! Maintain Campaign program to 163 people.
    • The Nutrition Outreach Program conducted virtual classes for 50 participants, thereby facilitating healthy eating habits and quality family interaction as well.
    Download the Berkeley County Annual Report