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Small Farm Conference

15th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

February 13-16, 2019
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.

Browse the conference schedule Meet the conference keynote speakers

Registration

Register for the conference
  Conference Day
  Adult Registration Cost 
  Student Registration Cost
  Three-day Pass
  $195
  $100
  Thursday Only
  $75
  $40
  Friday Only
  $75   $40
  Saturday Only
  $50
  $30

Children age 11 and under are free. The price of registration includes meals, snack breaks and materials.

There will be a $10 convenience fee increase per person for walk-in registrations.

Scholarships

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.

Download a scholarship application


Ride Share

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?

For more information, please email Lisa Jones or call 304-293-2715.


Winter Blues Farmers Market - Charleston Civic Center - February 16, 2019 - 1-5 p.m., hosted by the WVU Extension Service and WVDA. (Banner image features a barn with a snow scene.)

11th 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, February 16, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. 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 call 304-293-2715 and complete the application.

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.

Download the market application Register to be a market vendor Get more market information

Young Entrepreneurship Competition

High school students are invited to compete in the 2019 Young Entrepreneurship Competition. This contest encourages high school students from West Virginia to use their creativity and business skills to design and develop a business plan and pitch.

Learn about the Young Entrepreneurship Competition

Lodging

Photo of Holiday Inn Express in Charleston

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Civic Center

Reservations can be made online or by calling 855-729-5133 and stating that you are with the West Virginia Small Farm Conference.
Rate: $107 per night plus tax, includes hot buffet breakfast, ground level parking and high speed internet
Deadline for group rate: January 14, 2019

Make Reservations