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Roane 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.

Roane County Master Gardeners

Roane County has an active Master Gardener program. The Roane County Master Gardeners Association has devoted many hours to developing community garden projects, beautifying local areas with landscaping projects, and educating community members to promote best practices with gardening. Master Gardener training is conducted several times a year by Roane County Extension Agent, Brandy Brabham. For more information on Master Gardener classes, contact Brandy Brabham at 304-927-0975.

This Month in the Garden Calendar

Heirloom Tomatoes

Red heirloom tomato on the vine.

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. 

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Lawn, Gardening & Pests News for Roane County

Join us for the 2022 Master Gardener Conference

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.

West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program.

Become a Master Gardener in Spring 2022

female planting in a garden

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.


Roane County is a member of the West Central Beekeepers Association. The WCBA works to educate beekeepers in best practices and promote beekeeping in west central West Virginia. The WCBA meets the fourth Saturday of each month and alternates its meeting location between Roane and Calhoun counties.  For more information about the West Central Beekeepers Association, contact President Dale Cunningham at 304-354-6916 or Secretary Sharon Christ at 304-927-1775.

Farm to School

Farm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Farm to school programs can include: buying and featuring farm fresh foods in classrooms and cafeterias, adopting nutrition and agriculture-based curriculum, and providing experiential learning opportunities through farm visits, gardening and recycling programs. In West Virginia, community-minded organizations are working together to develop systems to help growers raise and sell local agricultural products to county schools.

Agriculture Field Day

The Agriculture Field Day is an annual event that brings all Roane County third graders together for a day-long educational program at a local, working farm. Youth participants learn about the daily farm operation while interacting with a variety of farm animals such as cattle, swine, sheep, goats, miniature donkeys, and chickens. Youth also learn about farm, tractor, and ATV safety and soil and water conservation. The project is a collaborative effort between the WVU Roane County Extension Service, local schools, the Roane County FFA chapter and the Roane County Farm Bureau.

Mid-Ohio Valley Growers Association

The Mid-Ohio Valley Growers Association is a network of farmers and producers from a seven-county region in West Virginia, including, but not limited to, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties. This Association is working together with area service providers including the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and the WVU Extension Service, to sustain agriculture in the region, and get fresh, high-nutrient produce into the hands of Mid-Ohio Valley residents.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and WVU Extension are natural partners in this endeavor. Both organizations believe in preventative health, and in community residents, especially youth, having access to affordable, tasty, fresh produce as a key building block for health. This initiative also offers opportunities to promote a sense of community and economic development through agricultural marketing opportunities.

Agriculture News for Roane County

2022 Agriculture Webinar and Dinner Meeting Series

Snow covered cattle in field.

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.

Lease Recommendations for Land Owner & Tenants

Ben Goff.

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:

Mid-Ohio Valley Fall 2021 Beef Quality Assurance Trainings

A group of cattle farmers learning about livestock in a classroom setting.

The fall 2021 WVU Extension BQA trainings will focus on topics including:

Natural Resources

Land you can take pride in. Nature you can appreciate. Keep wild and wonderful just that. WVU Extension has natural resources information from trusted experts.

Natural Resources News for Roane County

Register for White Oak in West Virginia Webinar

Hand holding up a leaf from a white oak tree. The leaf is red from fall coloring.

Join us as we dive into the opportunities and challenges related to sustaining and harvesting white oak trees in West Virginia.

Tuesday, February 2

Register for West Virginia Woodland Stewards Seminar

Timber forest.

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