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Small Farm Conference

Small Farm ConferenceFor nearly two decades, the WVU Extension 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 Small Farm Center, 500+ conference goers come together to learn and enjoy locally sourced meals each year.

20th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

February 21-24, 2024

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.

Save the date for the 2024 Conference! 

Registration for the 2024 conference will open later in 2023. To learn more about what the Small Farm Conference offers each year, click on the button below to view the 2023 conference schedule as an example.

View Previous Conference's Schedule

Conference Scholarship

Our conference scholarship program prioritizes beginning farmers and completely covers the cost of registration. Scholarship applications are closed for 2023.

Winter Blues Farmers Market

The annual Winter Blues Farmers Market will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center located at 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, West Virginia. 

This indoor market 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 $115,000 in 2023. If you would like to become a vendor for this event, the application is available online. 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.