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WVU Extension Service invites home gardeners to participate in spring webinar

Mature tomato plant with two ripe red tomatoes and one green tomato on the vine

All across the Mountain State, residents have shown a renewed interest in home gardening and growing some of their own food. With gardening season upon us but social distancing rules still in place, West Virginia University Extension Service faculty have had to develop creative, new ways to deliver knowledge and expertise to their local communities and beyond.  

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WVU Extension gardening program sees bumper crop of participants after coronavirus shutdown

Jennifer Boone Testerman and her daughters signed up for Grow This to have something to do during the coronavirus lockdown.(Photo by Jennifer Boone Testerman)

Hand washing has become a worldwide obsession as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But Kelly Reed of Davisville decided this was the perfect time to get her hands dirty.

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WVU Extension Service and Wyoming County food pantry provide nutrition and inspiration through poultry project

Group of chickens inside a fenced enclosure.

Wyoming County is nestled between the steep mountains of southern West Virginia with equally steep economic struggles. 

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WVU Extension Service and farmers work together to grow state’s agritourism industry

Group of youth and adult visitors gather around tour guide during an agritourism experience at Family Roots Farm.

From pick-your-own patches and interactive farm tours to corn mazes and unique lodging experiences, West Virginia University Extension Service helps agritourism to preserve and promote West Virginia’s diverse and historic culture. 

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West Virginia Small Farm Conference to help local farmers grow food and communities

Photo of a table-top high tunnel diorama with model plants inside

Food has a way of bridging divides and bringing people together. And, today, there’s a growing desire among communities, restaurants and schools to use high quality, locally sourced ingredients.

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WVU Extension Service welcomes new agent to Hampshire County

Headshot of Candace DeLong on blue background

A passion for agriculture and a desire to serve the community are two qualities commonly found in a West Virginia University Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent.

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WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty receive national recognition

Headshots of Jodi Richmond and Chuck Talbott

Two faculty members from West Virginia University Extension Service’s Agriculture and Natural Resources unit were nationally recognized for their dedication and commitment to meeting the needs of West Virginia residents at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.

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WVU Extension Service conference to provide education and affirmation to state’s female farmers

Female attendees of the 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference gather between rows of green plants in a high tunnel operated by Grow Ohio Valley in Wheeling as part of the farm and business tours.

Across the nation, more women than ever are taking the lead when it comes to agriculture. In West Virginia, over 13,000 women are diligently working to develop and maintain their own farms and agribusinesses – which contributed more than $200 million to the state’s economy in 2017.

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WVU Extension Service invites landowners, industry professionals to forestry workshop

Forest of trees looking up into the canopy

Forests dominate the landscape and economy of the Mountain State. But forests are under greater and more complex stresses with each new invasive pest or pathogen and a changing climate. The decisions made by foresters and landowners on how to best manage forests also have long-lasting implications.

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WVU Extension Service to host series of food safety trainings for growers

Two yellow and green striped squash in a leafy, garden setting

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people become ill from contaminated food every year in the United States; nearly half of those illnesses are the result of contaminated produce. With proper training and food safety planning, many of these outbreaks can be prevented.

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Join WVU and WVU Extension Service for fun and education at the State Fair of West Virginia

Young boy feeds vacuum cow diorama with help of WVU rep in the WVU Building at the State Fair

From the time-honored 4-H livestock projects to cutting-edge STEM activities, West Virginia University Extension Service will offer a blend of tradition and innovation at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17.

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WVU Extension Service brings edible landscaping to Randolph County elementary schools

Male students at a Randolph County elementary school help plant a blueberry bush

Across the state, classrooms are quiet and hallways have emptied as another school year comes to a close. But at six Randolph County elementary schools, summer break is a time of growth and maturity – for the schools’ newly planted fruit-bearing trees and bushes, that is.

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