Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Kanawha County Office
4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25304

Phone: 304-720-9573
Fax: 304-205-7863
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00
Driving Directions

Happening in Kanawha County

flood_tomato After all the flood clean-up, many farmers and gardeners need to know what safety measures need to be done in order to ensure the health and safety of their livestock and the safety of produce from gardens. The following resources can provide valuable information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your county extension office. For Kanawha County, call 304.720.9573 or email

Flooded Fruits and Vegetables

Gardens that have been flooded provide potential health risks. Some plants may be saved after flooding if edible parts (fruits, etc) are not present during flooding or if they are removed after flooding. Produce from flooded gardens should not be consumed raw. Crops shouldn’t be allowed to touch flooded soils for 90 days after the flood waters recede. For more information, check out this helpful document from the University of Wisconsin Extension.


Forage and Livestock Management Post-Flood

Hay, pastures, and feedstocks exposed to flood waters pose a risk to livestock health. WVU specialists have prepared basic information livestock producers should keep in mind after a flood. Find the information on the WVU Extension Page. For farmers who lost hay or pasture, we may be able to help find replacement hay for you. Please contact our office for more information.

Assistance available to farmers

Flood Assistance available to Farmers from WVU Exention: 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, replanting crops, and more. Kanawha County farmers should contact our office through Facebook, via phone at 304.720.9573, or email For farmers in other counties, use the link to find contact information for your county office.

We are currently recruiting for an administrative secretary for our office. The job entails organizing and operating the office so that we may provide programs in agriculture (gardening, farm support), youth (4-H and school programs), families & health (early childhood development, cooking, home preserving), and nutrition. All application materials must be received (not just postmarked) by April 13.

To apply, visit the job description on the WVU Human Resources page.


Due to expected snow, the start of this program has been postponed to Saturday, January 30.

Spaces are still available. Women who are farming, thinking of farming, or planning to start a food-based or agri-business are invited{ to attend Annie’s Project workshops, agri-business training developed specifically for women. The training will be offered in three condensed sessions on -Saturday January 23- (unless we get the forecasted blizzard this Friday), January 30, and February 6 (and February 13) from 9am to 3pm. Workshop sessions will include business planning, risk management, enterprise budgets, merchandising, marketing, social media and more. The cost of the workshop series is $25, which includes educational materials and lunch/refreshments for each class.

More information and applications can be found at Participants are encouraged to complete and email the form to no later than Thursday, January 28 or call 304.720.9573 to indicate. Fees will be collected at the first session.

UAC15_logo_OTLN Registration is now open for the West Virginia Urban Ag Conference to be held September 18-19 here in the Kanawha Valley. The two-day conference will focus on issues relating to urban and small-scale agriculture and homesteading. 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 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. Speakers will include Joseph Tychonievich, author of ‘Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener’ (Timber Press), Tyler Baras from the non-profit educational farm The GrowHaus, and Andy Pressman from the National Center for Appropriate Technology.


Canning Classes Offered

July 31, 2015
3024981477_56ed61ce7b_o The Kanawha County WVU Extension Service will be offering food preservation classes on August 4 and 12 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Participants learn how to provide safe, high-quality products using the latest research on food preservation. The food preservation methods covered on August 4 include boiling water bath canning, and pressure canning. On August 12, the focus will be preparation and preservation of jams and jellies. Join us at the Kanawha County WVU Extension Service kitchen for either class to learn new skills or strengthen your knowledge with exciting tips and tricks. Class cost is $25 which includes a light snack, materials, and handouts. Print the registration form below and return with payment.. Call 304-720-9573 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm with questions. Classes will be held at 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 101, in Kanawha City.

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Registration materials are now posted on the web for four Kanawha County 4-H camps offered by WVU Extension this summer. Registration is now open for:

Older Residential 4-H Camp (June 28 – July 2)
Younger Residential 4-H Camp (June 8 – 12)
Science Day Camp (June 22-26)
Cloverbud Day Camp (June 22-26)

Materials can be found at

Through funding by the Greater Kanawha County Foundation, Kanawha County 4-H program has received scholarship money to assist youth interested in STEM to attend STEM tracks at WVU Extension State 4-H Camps or WVU Tech STEM Camp in Montgomery, WV. These few scholarships provided will be in the range of $150- $250 to help offset the cost of STEM Camp Costs.

All Scholarship Applications must be received by May 15, 2015!

To Apply, visit the Kanawha County 4-H STEM Page

MEDITERRANEAN-FOOD-Catering Learn to cook an entire Mediterranean meal and eat healthy, great tasting foods. Join instructor Kerri Wade on March 25, 2015 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in our instructional kitchen for this hands-on cooking class. A fee of $25 and pre-registration are required.

Please return the registration form to the WVU Extension Service Kanawha County Office by March 23 to register.

Only 12 spaces are available, register early to ensure your spot!

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2015 Garden Calendar

December 10, 2014
2015 Garden Calendar

The 2015 Garden Calendar is Here!

2015 Garden Calendars are now available for pick-up in our office. They will be available in Kanawha County Public Libraries after the first of the year. You can also find the calendar online or subscribe to the calendar rss feed at .