Tucker 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.
For a farm visit or consultation, please email Jennifer Poling, WVU Extension Agent, or call the Office at 304-478-2949x209.
Lawn, Gardening & Pests
Active Alerts in Tucker County
Ag Alert! Oak Shothole Leafminer Outbreak
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.
Larval and adult stages of oak shothole leafminer feed on oak leaves. Larvae tunnel through the leaf tissue, leaving telltale trails. This damage is known as blotch mines.
“Taste of Tucker” Farmers Market
For more information, contact the WVU Tucker County Extension Office at 304-478-2949×209.
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.
Benefits of becoming a WVU Extension Master Gardener
Among the many benefits for getting involved with the WVU Extension Master Gardener program, here are the highest-ranking ones:
- Getting to know more about gardening and horticulture to expand personal horizons and be able to help others
- Significant improvements in quality of life, including physical activity, social activity, self-esteem and nutrition
- Offers opportunities for professional development through continuing training opportunities
- Meeting like-minded people and engaging in the garden activities you are passionate about
- Opportunities to assume responsibility
- Encourages individual independence
- Gaining respect in the community for your newly developed horticultural skills
- Flexibility to conduct volunteer work
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.
The Master Gardener Program is available in many West Virginia counties. For more information on becoming a Certified Master Gardener and to join the Randolph-Tucker Master Gardeners, contact WVU Tucker County Extension Agent, Jesica Streets at 304-478-2949×209.