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Small Farm Conference

Small Farm ConferenceFor nearly two decades, the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Conference has offered the most authentic and inclusive view of agricultural opportunities for West Virginia small farm families. Annually, the conference boasts a variety of useful topics, unique events and informative speakers across more than 110 sessions. Under the organization of the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center, 500+ conference goers enjoyed locally sourced meals in 2020.

19th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

February 22-25, 2023     
More details coming soon! 


Goals for Conference

  • Unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably.
  • Help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption.
  • Support West Virginia’s 23,000 small farm families by:
    • Providing reliable, tested knowledge about current trends, needed skills, and latest production and operation information
    • Building an understanding of how to develop a successful small farming enterprise.
  • Support and further develop West Virginia’s food system and local communities by encouraging local production, processing, wholesale and retail marketing, and consumption.

Registration

Registration details for the 2023 conference will be available in late 2022.

Conference Scholarship

If you are a first-time conference attendee you may be eligible for a scholarship. Our conference scholarship program prioritizes beginning farmers and completely covers the cost of registration.

Conference Agenda 

The conference schedule will be available in early 2023. Check out the 2022 conference schedule at the link below for an example of what will be available at the 2023 conference.

Winter Blues Farmers Market

The annual Winter Blues Farmers Market will be held Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center located at 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, West Virginia. 

This indoor event is held in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to showcase the bounty that West Virginia can produce during winter months. During the four hours of operation, thousands of shoppers from the Kanawha Valley and beyond shop a diverse array of products - fresh vegetables, maple syrup, meats, soaps, salsa and more! This event is free to the public, includes live music, and activities for children. Shoppers will have the chance to talk to vendors and find out how they grow, make or produce their goods. Many vendors will also be sampling their products.

The Winter Blues Farmers Market has been proven successful with sales topping $69,000 in 2022. If you would like to become a vendor for this event, the application will be available online in December 2022 . Winter Blues Farmers Market is a producer-only market; we do not permit resale or consignment.

For information contact: Lisa Jones, Program Coordinator at 304-293-2715 or email Lisa.