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WVU Extension supports local agricultural producers at Small Farm Conference

A garden market inside the Charleston Convention Center is shown in this photo. Attendees are passing by a long table covered in items. One woman in the center of the photograph has his hand over her mouth and is laughing.

Attendees enjoy a seed swap during the West Virginia Small Farm Conference. This year's conference runs Feb. 22-25 in Charleston. (WVU Photo)

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WHAT: The West Virginia University Extension Small Farm Center will host a four-day conference offering an affordable opportunity for West Virginia farmers to learn how to adapt their enterprises to meet rising demand for local foods while increasing profitability.

WHO: Nearly 400 West Virginia farmers and agribusiness operators, WVU Extension faculty, staff and other industry experts, Julie Shanks, keynote speaker and author of “The Farmers Office and The Farmers Market Cookbook, various conference exhibitors

WHEN: Feb. 22-25

WHERE: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston


The conference also includes the popular Winter Blues Farmers Market, a collaboration with the state Department of Agriculture, which takes place from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The Winter Blues Farmers Market is open to the public.

Best photo and video opportunities:

          ·      Friday, Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Conference keynote luncheon

          ·      Saturday, Feb. 25, 12:30 to 1 p.m. – Winter Blues Farmers Market media preview

See the full conference schedule.

Find more information about the West Virginia Small Farm Conference.



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