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cattle grazing in pasture

Berkeley County is home to many small farms producing diverse commodities from fruit to honey, grain to meat, and dairy to poultry. Diverse farming operations offer diverse habitats of fields and hedgerows, orchards and woodlands for area wildlife to live, forage and rear young. Whether you are a back yard gardener, an orchardist, or a farmer, our focus is to be your local connection to up-to-date agricultural information. Scroll to bottom of page for links to external agriculture organizations and agencies in the local area.

Your Berkeley County WVU Extension Agriculture Agent is Mary Beth Bennett. Follow the links below to find the information you seek, call our office 304-264-1936, or send email to Mary Beth.

Berkeley County by the numbers from the USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture:

Number of farms: 946
Land in farms: 73,134 acres
Market Value of Products Sold: $25,909,000
State Ranking in Apple Production: 1
County Population: 122,076 (2020 Census)
Square Miles: 32

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Lawn, Gardening & Pests

Get a yard that feels and looks like home. Get a bountiful harvest. Grow your own and sow something beautiful. WVU Extension has lawn, gardening and pests information you can use.

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Heirloom Tomatoes

Red heirloom tomato on the vine.

When talking about heirloom tomatoes, West Virginians cannot help but mention the Mortgage Lifter – one of the favorites in the state.

The plant grows large, meaty, 1- to 3-pound red and pink fruits and will keep producing until the frost. This tomato variety reaches maturity approximately 80 to 85 days from transplanting. With West Virginia’s short growing season, it would be beneficial to start these plants six to eight weeks before Mother’s Day. That way, you can have a strong healthy seedling earlier in the season. 

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