Mercer County Agriculture & Natural Resources
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.
Master Gardener Program
The WVEMGA helps West Virginians understand horticultural and environmental issues through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools, parks, public institutions, and locations throughout the state.
This Month in the Garden Calendar
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.
Lawn, Gardening & Pests News for Mercer County
The 27th annual Master Gardener Conference will be held on April 8-10, 2022, at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Garden enthusiasts and beginner gardeners from near and far are invited to join us this year! To register for the conference or find more information about the schedule and speakers, visit the Master Gardener Conference page.
WVU Extension Master Gardener training, typically offered through in-person courses organized by WVU Extension offices around the state, will once again be available online via Zoom sessions.
Something we learned through this COVID-induced way of conducting our training is that many people found it very appealing and wanted to have the online training opportunity again this fall. Some counties are starting to offer in-person sessions, but given the volatility of the COVID situation, the best approach is to have a hybrid platform.
Practical economic strategies. Investments in local growers. Farming like our future depends on it. WVU Extension offers timely, research-based agriculture information you can put into practice.
Agriculture News for Mercer County
Each winter, WVU Extension brings education, know-how and research right to your community through a series of educational dinner meetings. This year, we're offering a mix of virtual and in-person meeting opportunities across West Virginia for the 2022 agriculture education series!
Participants had the same opportunity to learn from WVU Extension specialists and industry experts about relevant topics to help you improve your own agricultural operations.
Ben Goff, WVU Extension Agent in Mason and Putnam counties, offers recommendations for landowners and tenants who want to prepare for the upcoming farming season and work to minimize their respective risks.
Goff covers a variety of tips for farmers and landowners regarding farm leases, including:
The Pasture Management Certificate Training is offered as part of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Agricultural Innovation Workforce Trainings & Certifications.
Instructed by Kevin Shaffer, Ed Rayburn and Ben Goff from WVU Extension, this certification will teach farmers how they can improve sustainability to their operation by improving their pasture management so there is more available forage year-round.
Mercer County Beekeepers
The Mercer County Beekeepers Association consists of over 75 beekeepers and supporters in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. They have monthly educational meetings with speakers from throughout West Virginia and Virginia covering topics such as basic beekeeping, disease control, and hive management. These meetings are typically held the first Monday of each month.
Additionally, they offer summer workshops and a five week beginning beekeeper course in the winter or spring.
Mercer County Livestock Program
The Livestock Program consists of educational presentations and hands-on workshops offered to over 400 livestock producers in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. There are typically 6-10 programs throughout the year including risk management dinner meetings, field days, and other programs. The local Mercer County Extension office coordinates producer registration for special livestock sales with several area markets. We also provide service to the Mercer County Livestock Protective Association and the Mercer County Wool Pool.
Area Special Livestock Sales
Mercer County Livestock Protective Association
For an annual dues of $10 area producers receive protection in the event of theft or vandalism on their property by providing a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. The Association meets annually in the spring.
Mercer County Wool Pool
This program provides a group shearing event for area sheep producers and a later wool collection. The wool is sold through the Tazewell County Wool Pool.
Mercer County Tailgate Produce Market
The “Tailgate Market” exists to help local producers market their products and encourage the community to use fresh, locally grown products as much as possible. The market is open to any Mercer County resident that produces their own fruits, vegetables, plants, honey, eggs, herbs, jams/jellies, and baked goods.
The market sets up in the Mercer County Technical Education Center parking lot on Stafford Drive on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until about noon (or whenever they sell out). The market also accepts WVDA/USDA Senior and WIC Food Voucher.
Fnd the market at the Mercer County Technical Education Center (Vo-Tech) parking lot on Stafford Drive, Princeton.
Senior Food Vouchers
Area seniors on a fixed/low income are eligible to receive $24 food voucher booklets which can be redeemed through most sellers at the Mercer County Tailgate Produce Market. Eligible items include any fresh fruits or vegetables and herbs. Vouchers are limited and are distributed in the summer (typically late June/early July) on a first-come first-served basis through the area senior centers.
WIC Food Vouchers
Mercer County does not currently offer these vouchers to eligible WIC participants, but most Tailgate Market vendors accept WIC food vouchers from other counties for fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Natural Resources News for Mercer County
Join us as we dive into the opportunities and challenges related to sustaining and harvesting white oak trees in West Virginia.
Tuesday, February 2
Join us as we dive into a variety of educational topics and learn more about how we can be better stewards of West Virginia's woodlands.
Tuesday, February 9