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The Small Farm Center, under the WVU Extension Service, was founded in 2009 and strives to increase the farmer’s bottom line by helping him or her retain more of the dollar spent on food in his or her community.
WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center!
We host several conferences throughout the year to bring professionals and experts in certain topic areas to share their knowledge with small farmers who seek to expand their existing operation or try something new.
GAP Mock Audit Training
Join us for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) “mock audit” training on September 7, 2016 from 3-7pm in order to better understand what happens and how to prepare for a real audit.
Follow along as trainer Wythe Morris, of AgCon, conducts a “Mock Audit” tour of the WVU Organic Farm. He will grade the operation as if it were a real audit and explain what he’s looking for.
The training is $15 and includes dinner.
20th Annual WVU Income Tax Schools
The WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center offers a wide variety of tax education opportunities for both tax professionals and farm families. Here’s what we’re offering for the upcoming tax season.
2016 National Income Tax Class
2-day class, 16 CPE credits, price $320
Oct. 31 & Nov. 1 – Charleston, Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
Nov. 2 – 3 – Morgantown, Lakeview Resort & Conference Center
Farm, Forestry & Natural Resource Tax Education Class
1-day class, 8 CPE credits, price $180
Nov. 4 – Morgantown, Lakeview Resort & Conference Center
16th Annual Organic Farm Field Day
West Virginia University’s Division of Plant and Soil Sciences is hosting its 16th annual Organic Farm Field Day on Saturday, August 27, at the WVU Organic Research Farm located on Rt. 705 in Morgantown, WV. The Field Day is open to all. This year’s program will include presentations on: Wholesaling Organic Vegetables, Organic Dairy, Novel Fruits, organic pest management and livestock health and nutrition.
Please register in advance for the workshops so the presenters can prepare adequate handouts, etc. A dinner featuring organic produce grown on the Farm is planned for 6:00 PM. Register for the workshops and dinner on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/wvuorganic , or call 304- 293-8822. The dinner featuring produce from the WVU Organic Farm will be free, but due to the expected large attendance, dinner tickets will be available only to the first 150 to register.
Due to limited parking, van shuttles will run from the Evansdale Campus (Lot 43 across from the WVU Greenhouse) to the farm. The shuttle will pick up at Evansdale at 8-9 AM and 12 Noon to 1:30 PM. For more information, call Dr. Jim Kotcon at 304-293-8822, or e-mail email@example.com We hope to see you there!
Flood Assistance available to Farmers from WVU Extension
Farmers are encouraged to reach out to the WVU Extension office in their county if their farms have sustained flood damage during last week’s flooding. We can assist with an official damage assessment for insurance and recovery purposes. We may also be able to supply volunteers to assist with cleaning up and repairing farm structures/barns, replacing fences, and more.
Processed foods travel more miles than the average person knows. WVU Extension Service is looking to change that by helping the state’s 21,000 farmers reach a wider consumer base.
On this page we hope you will find the information that you seek, or at least a phone number or email to contact us for help.
Facts about Small Farms
- Even “big” farms in West Virginia are considered small farms nationally.
- West Virginians report spending $7.2 billion on food each year.
- West Virginia has only one commercial dairy processor left.
- Food production captures only 10.4 cents of every dollar spent on food, according to the USDA
Local Foods and Small Farms …
… can be more nutritious
… bring communities together
… can be safer to eat
… keep money in communities
Small Farm Advocate Newspaper
The Small Farm Center offers to the public their Small Farm Advocate newspaper. Inside, you will find articles about small grains, aquaculture, the Market Garden at Jackson’s Mill and many other timely topics.Read past issues of the Advocate here
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