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A Note from the Dean

Dean Jorge Atiles walks through row of garden while holding a basket of product and tossing a tomato in the air.

Dear Gardening Enthusiasts, 

I continue to learn from the expertise, passion, and commitment of WVU Extension faculty, staff, and its many volunteers. Our Extension specialists, agents and master gardeners provide such a wealth of knowledge to pass along to our citizens, so they find success in their gardening endeavors. Our 2022 garden calendar – West Virginia’s Own – complements that great work. 

As a fairly new resident of the state, I love learning about the traditions, culture and history of the Mountain State. In this year’s garden calendar, I was introduced to some of West Virginia’s native fruits and vegetables – many that I have not had an opportunity to taste (yet). Those who know me know that I love to learn and try new things, so I am looking forward to tasting some of the state’s native berries, beans, and other foods. (I did have my first ramp in 2021, so I feel like I am now a true West Virginian!)  

In addition to the great information about planting, growing, and harvesting your garden, you will find some fun facts about WVU Extension programs that are available to you and your family. Our faculty and staff are phenomenal resources on a host of topics, including home and work safety; pasture management; financial literacy; youth programming; health and nutrition; and so much more. We certainly can’t begin to highlight all that we do in this calendar, so we encourage you to explore our website to learn more about activities and events that interest you. You also can reach out to your local Extension office to connect with your county agent for more information. 

As always, we hope that 2022 brings you good health, prosperity and, of course, a bountiful garden.  


Jorge Atiles, Ph.D.
Dean of Extension and Engagement 
WVU Extension