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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!

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

McDowell County Highlights

  • With grant funding from Unicare, the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project, and McDowell County FACES (Family Resource Network), a Supper in a Sack nutrition program was implemented in two locations by McDowell County WVU Extension Service Health Educator Jennifer Graham.  For each week of the nine-week Eating Smart, Being Active program, participants prepared a healthy recipe and took home a box of the recipe ingredients to feed a family of four. Locally grown produce was purchased from Roadside Farms.    
  • The WVU Extension Service in McDowell County partnered with the Roadside Community Market to host a kids’ market. Every child received vouchers to “purchase” fruits and vegetables from Roadside Farms and other local farmers. Youths also participated in healthy food demonstrations with the local produce offered. Parents received recipes, kitchen incentive items and nutrition education.
  • There were five classes of Code Your World taught throughout the county. More than 90 students from Welch Elementary, Mt. View Middle School, Sandy River Middle School and Welch Public Library engaged in computer science coding activities as part of celebrating 4-H National Youth Science Day.
  • More than 100 youths from all over McDowell County participated in the youth development soccer program. The season started with a kick-off event and ended with a closing celebration where the youths and volunteers received a medal and pin for their hard work and dedication to the soccer season.
  • The Sandy River Middle School greenhouse project taught middle school students about gardening. The current program has 214 students. All students participate in the program by  growing a variety of vegetables, such as carrots, peppers, herbs, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, garlic and radishes.

Download the McDowell County Annual Report