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Heritage Squash

Heritage squash growing.


Squash is one of North America’s oldest cultivated crops. It was originally one of three primary crops grown by Native American groups.

Heritage Corn

An ear of heritage corn among a basket of kernels.

For centuries, humans have grown grains for food, animal feed and countless other uses. Today, we enjoy our corn roasted, popped, grilled, creamed and made into a longtime favorite of West Virginians, cornbread.

Ag Alert! Oak Shothole Leafminer Outbreak

Adult stage of oak shothold leafminer.

Oak shothole leafminer has caused significant damage to oak trees in several counties in West  Virginia this summer. It also has been reported to be in a few other states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Oak shothole leafminer is an insect that  belongs to the order Diptera and is native to the United States. However, its biology and damage to oak trees have not been widely studied.

Heritage Melons

Heritage melons grow in the field

Melons have long been favored for their sweetness and ease of growing with their cultivation having been documented as far back as ancient Egypt.

Proper Soil Moisture

Moldy mildew on a plant.

Typically, soil moisture is out of our control, unless growing crops in a high tunnel or greenhouse. In a perfect gardening world, it would rain as often as the crops need watered but that’s not always the case. Too much water can cause leaching of nutrients and diseases, and not enough water will result in a small harvest or plant death.