Welcome to the
WV Small Farm Center!
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.
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.
Tom McConnell, WVU Small Farm Center Program Leader
Plans are in progress for fall workshops in various locations of the state. These one-day meetings have been met with success in Huntington and Glenville, prompting WVU Extension to choose more locations to host. More information will be available through your county extension office when those dates are set.
The WVU Tax Schools begin in November. This year’s offerings for accountants, lawyers and enrolled agents include:
- two-day National Income Tax Schools
- one-day Farm, Forestry and Natural Resource Workshop
- one-day Health Care Reform Federal Tax Classes
Training is also available for farm families on how to manage tax liability and take best advantage of the options that are available.
Processed foods travel more miles than the average person knows! WVU Extension Service is looking to change that by helping the state’s 23,000 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.
- Farmers capture only 19 cents of every dollar spent on food in West Virginia.
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. If you have a suggestion for an article for this year, contact Carrie See by phone at (304-293-2715) or by email.