Small Farm Conference
For more than a decade, 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, 550 conference goers enjoyed locally sourced meals in 2018.
16th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference
February 19-22, 2020
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
Charleston, West Virginia
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 22,000 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.
Areas of Interest
More than 110 different classes regarding topics such as: Animal Production,
Farm Management, Marketing, Beginning and Advanced Horticulture, Local Food Community,
Value Adding and Wholesale Markets, Farm-to-School, Agritourism, Risk Management
and Farmers Markets.
This year's conference will feature Jennie Love, owner and creative director of Love 'n Fresh Flowers and president of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Love ‘n Fresh Flowers is a five-acre, sustainably-managed, urban flower farm located in historical Philadelphia. Love is the passionate and creative driving force behind this little flower enterprise. Trained both as a horticulturalist and floral designer at Longwood Gardens, she loves educating everyone who will listen about the special beauty and value of locally grown flowers. She also loves taking a client’s vision, be it vague or detailed, and bringing it to vivid life. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other notable publications. Since 2009, Love ‘n Fresh has been dedicated to working with locally grown flowers, foliage, grasses, seed pods, fruits and even vegetables to create our signature earthy elegant floral art.
Love will present the keynote speech on Friday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m. A full conference schedule will be available at a later date.
Veterans Registration Reimbursement
Any veteran who registers for the conference can be reimbursed 100% of their ticket through the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance. Veterans must to bring a copy of their registration receipt, their DD214, and a completed copy of the Veterans Reeducation Assistance Application form.
2020 scholarship applications will be available soon.
There are a few scholarships available for the conference, which are made possible
by our sponsors. These scholarships cover registration costs and are available
for beginning farmers that are first time conference attendees. Please email
Lisa Jones or call
304-293-2715 for more details.
To help make the conference more affordable, we help attendees network through carpooling.
Check back to add yourself to the carpool list!
Interested in participating in the Trade Show?
12th Annual Winter Blues Farmers Market
Farmers’ market fans will again have the opportunity for a wintertime fix! The
Winter Blues Farmers Market will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Farmers from
all over the state will be gathered to sell their winter-hardy food, goods and
products. This FREE event is open to the public. If you are interested in being
a vendor at this event, please complete the market vendor application,
which will be available closer to the event. For questions, please
Part two of this Farmers Market includes a Local Dine Around. Local chefs will cook up pay-as-you-go dishes featuring locally-grown and prepared entrees. The chefs will be set up among the many farmer vendors so the customers can eat and shop, or find one of the many tables nearby to just relax while eating a wonderful locally prepared meal.
For information contact: Tom McConnell, Program Leader, at 304-293-2642 or Lisa Jones, Program Coordinator at 304-293-2715 or email Lisa.