Agriculture & Horticulture
John Porter , Extension Instructor
Cooperative Extension is deeply rooted in agriculture and the environment. Whether it’s Agricultural Extension Agents helping commercial farmers and growers, or Master Gardener Volunteers helping home lawn and garden enthusiasts, WVU Extension yields Kanawha County a bounty of knowledge and expertise.
According to the 2007 US Census of Agriculture, Sample County included 256 farms. The value of agricultural-related products sold at that time was $911,000 produced on 23,755 acres of farm land.
To meet the varied interests and needs of the Kanawha County agricultural community, WVU Extension education and research efforts assist clients in creating sustainable agriculture and forestry production and marketing systems that are competitive, environmentally sound, and socially acceptable.
Current agricultural outreach activities in Kanawha County include horticulture, pasture management, sustainable agriculture, soil nutrient management, animal health education, beekeeping, natural resource education, environmental education and awareness, youth agriculture development, and adult educational programs. Specific programs in Kanawha County include the master gardener program, pesticide recertification, beekeeping and pollinator workshops, community garden development, farmers market development, school gardens and more
For more information about Kanawha County Agriculture & Natural Resources programming contact the Extension Office at 304-720-9887 or e-mail John Porter.