Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2015 Urban Ag Conference

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual WV Urban Ag Conference



Save $20 with early bird registration by August 8!

Registration is now open for the West Virginia Urban Ag Conference to be held September 18-19.  The two-day conference will focus on issues relating to urban and small-scale agriculture and homesteading and will be held on the campus of WV State University in Institute, near Charleston.  The conference is a collaboration between WVU Extension, WVSU Extension, the WV Department of Agriculture, and the Capitol Conservation District, with help from the WV Farmers Market Association, the WV Food and Farm Coalition, and NRCS.  The conference can be a great way to earn continuing education credits for Master Gardeners. 

The workshop schedule includes horticulture production, small-scale livestock, conservation, homesteading, marketing, community gardens, and more.  Check out the full conference schedule.  We are also pleased to add featured speakers this year, thanks to some great partnerships and sponsorships.


Conference registration includes lunch both days and the local foods dinner on Friday night, as well as all workshops and sessions.  (The first 100 people that register for the rain barrel workshops go home with a complete rain barrel....for free!)  The conference will feature a farmer’s market, vendor trade-show, and more.  The conference will feature a local foods banquet prepared by renowned Charleston restaurant Bridge Road Bistro (included in the cost) and lunches prepared with local, fresh ingredients by popular Charleston restaurants. 

Register before August 8 to get the early-bird rate of $60!  Beginning August 9, the conference fee raises to $80.  After August 23, the late-registration fee will be $100.  Registration ends on September 6.  So register early!  Single day registrations are also available.

New this year is a pre-conference self-guided tour of urban farms, gardens, and community gardens in the Kanawha Valley area on the evening of September 17.  The tour will end at J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks in Malden with a local foods after party.  The tour is an additional $15 for conference attendees, and non-conference attendees may attend for $25.

New this year is a pre-conference self-guided tour of urban farms, gardens, and community gardens in the Kanawha Valley area on the evening of September 17.  The tour will end at J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks in Malden with a local foods after party.  The tour is an additional $15 for conference attendees, and non-conference attendees may attend for $25.

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