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Hampshire County Agriculture & Natural Resources

There are a variety of programs related to horticulture, agriculture and natural resources available for the residents of West Virginia. For a complete listing of all the information we have about lawns, gardens and pests, visit the main Extension website. If you’re a producer, whether with large-scale animals or vegetables for your local market, visit our farming section for more in-depth information about agriculture.

If you’re interested in learning about the all the things that make West Virginia wild and wonderful, including information on our natural resources, follow the link to learn more.

Master Gardeners Program

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The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program provides people interested in gardening with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills by taking part in Basic/Level 1 and Advanced/Level 2 training programs that provide in-depth training in various aspects of horticulture.

The program helps residents better understand horticultural and environmental issues through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools, parks, public institutions, community organizations, and locations throughout the state.

How do you join?

The first step is to see if your county offers the program. Many of those in West Virginia do, so even if yours doesn’t, a neighboring county may. Call your local WVU Extension Service Office for information and watch for meetings in your area.

Once you’ve found a program, you’ll get 40 hours of training during a 12-week program where you’ll learn about a variety of things including: botany, plant propagation, entomology, pesticides and pest management, plant disease, soil and fertilizers, turfgrass management, vegetable gardening, gardening equipment, tree fruits, small fruit, pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, indoor plants, herbaceous plants, garden animals and teaching methods.

From there, pass a test and complete 40 hours of initial volunteer work and you’ll have earned the right to call yourself a WVU Extension Master Gardener.

To save your spot for the upcoming class, or if you have any questions, please call (304) 822-5013.

Farmers Markets in Hampshire County

The Romney Farmers Market is proud to be your source for fresh and local products. Come for a visit and check us out!

The Romney Farmer’s Market is held in downtown Romney, W.Va., at the Bottling Works, normally from mid-May through October at 8 - Noon on Wednesday, and at the Hampshire Wellness and Fitness Center on Saturday mornings.

If you would like to become a market vendor

We would love to have you join us as a vendor at the Romney Farmers Market, especially if you have new and innovative products to display and sell. Everyone is welcome.

If you have questions feel free to call the Market Manager, Meg Cooksey at 703-475-1845, Assistant Market Manager, Chris Baker at 304-496-8288 or Secretary, Lisa Liller.

For more information, email Stephen Starcher, WVU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent.