(10/04/2013)
Parkersburg, WV - An exciting lineup of speakers is scheduled for the Mid-Ohio Valley Sustainable Farming and Gardening Workshop set for Saturday from 10:00am-2:30pm in Parkersburg, WV.

The meetings are free and open to the public. The workshop is focused on bringing people in the community together to learn about unique opportunities in agriculture and home gardening, including home gardeners, farmers and anyone interested in growing their own food.

The workshop will be held at the Fort Boreman Room of the Judge Black Annex to the Wood County Courthouse.

The Fort Boreman Room is directly across from the Blennerhasset Hotel on Market Street Meetings are open to anyone interested regardless of residency. Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register or obtain more information, call the WVU Extension Wood County office at (304)-424-1960. The meetings are being co-sponsored by the West Virginia Extension Service and The Wood County Master Gardeners.

"There is more support and opportunities than ever before for small farmers." said Tom McConnell, Program Leader of the WVU Extension Small Farm Center.

J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Agriculture Agent for Wood County commented the workshop will be a great place for home gardeners, entrepreneurs and farmers to come together to share ideas. "Sustainable farming and gardening methods are important for the future of gardening and farming. We want to ensure a nutritious, stable food supply for future generations. Local food production keeps money here in the Mid-Ohio Valley and supports the local economy."

The main speaker will be Warren Taylor, owner of Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy, Ohio. Taylor will be discussing his passion for grass based, sustainable dairy farming methods and providing the public with wholesome, quality local foods including whole milk and yogurt. Taylor is a graduate of The Ohio State University, receiving a degree in Dairy Technology and has worked for Safeway, creating and installing top-notch efficient dairy plants.

Many other speakers and topics will be presented at the workshop including: Apple Cider Production-Tom Burch-Hidden Hills Orchard, Getting Started with Bees-Sandy Moore, Kenny Bach, Beekeepers, The Four Seasons of Lettuce-Dr. Lewis Jett, WVU Extension, Growing Shiitake Mushrooms-Dave Hawkins, Mother Earth Foods, Low-Tunnel Vegetable Production -Keith Finger-Mt. Mama Farms, Community Supported Agriculture-Miranda Kridler, Green Edge Gardens and Saving Seeds with Jorie Kennedy of the Wood County Master Gardeners. Don't miss this exciting opportunity.

This is only one of several programs offered by WVU Extension Service. WVU Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving youth, families, economics, health and natural resources. Find us on the web at http://anr.ext.wvu.edu

Please don't hesitate to call the The Wood County WVU Extension office at (304)-424-1960 to register or if you have any questions. WVU Extension Agriculture Agent J.J. Barrett can be reached at the office or by e-mail at jj.barrett @mail.wvu.edu


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