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

Volunteer Projects & Continuing Education

Make sure your certification stays current by getting your volunteer and continuing education hours. All current Extension Master Gardeners must complete 12 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of continuing education credits each year. The Due Date is: September 1st.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

To Submit a New Volunteer Project, Click HERE

We are still in need of a person, 2 people or a group of people who would like to organize the plant sale next spring. Randy Rader has volunteered to mentor anyone who is interested. It will be a great way to get volunteer hours and bond with your fellow MG’s! Contact Randy at or

Ongoing Seasonal Volunteer Opportunity
Harry’s Garden – Coonskin Park

An ongoing project of the KCMGA is the maintenance of Harry’s Garden, located at the entrance to Coonskin Park.

August Schedule : Work Party Saturday August 15th 8:30am

Call Mima Chapman, 304-344-3230, Elaine Lee, 304-837-3643, or Randy Rader, 304-766-2448 if you need more information.

READ about the History of Harry's Garden

VIEW Photos of Harry's Garden

Welcome to the Manna Meal Garden
Rock Lake Presbyterian Church has welcomed the Manna Meal gardeners to come to their property in Spring Hill at the old Rock Lake pool. It is really beautiful, bring your work gloves and come on down. If you are interested in helping, contact Jean at

Work Party: Saturday, August 1st (Rock Lake) 8:30am – 11am

If you need volunteer hours, both Harry’s Garden and Manna Meal’s Garden are a great way to get lots of hours and meet your fellow gardeners.

Bean Stringin’ Event
August 8, 2015
Capitol Market
Manna Meal benefit. Market will provide live music and corn roast.
Please contact Lakin Cook at or Kay Albright at 304-345-7121 or

WV State Fair
Volunteer Opportunity

The West Virginia State Fair open on August 14 and runs through August 23. That means you have the opportunity to volunteer to help staff the Master Gardener Demo Garden and the Master Gardener booth. This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours and get to see the fair. Please volunteer by July 29 to get free admission to the fair grounds.

Please volunteer for a minimum of two hours (staffing is needed from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm) but for as long as you wish. Remember to bring a hat, sun screen and other weather gear. To volunteer contact Willia Izzo at

Upcoming CE Opportunities

Please note that a number of our CE opportunities require a minimum number of participants, so if you are planning to attend, please call now to register for these events so that they won’t be cancelled.
If class times vary from the announced schedule, please report actual time attended.

The CE Committee is looking for volunteers to join the group. If you are interested, please contact Sara Welch at

Garden workshops
August 6, 2015

West Virginia State University Extension Service will present a series of free workshops to help beginning and experienced gardeners learn a variety of garden management and production techniques beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action (KISRA) Paradise Farms at 131 Perkins Ave. in Dunbar.
The workshops will include sessions on mushrooms, brambles and container gardening. The full schedule is as follows: 9 a.m., Mushroom Production; 10 a.m., Aches and Pains; 11 a.m., Bramble Production; 1 p.m., Container Gardening; 2 p.m., Adaptive Gardening; and 3 p.m., Strawberry Production.
To register, contact WVSU Extension Agent Randy Ross at 808-208-5099 or

ONLINE Continuing Education Opportunities

Online eXtension webinars (recorded version) for CE credit (report actual time)

All Bugs, Good and Bad Webinar Series

Sustainable Roses 101

Your Body, Your Tools

Community Gardens

Wildlife Control Training

IPM Courses Available for CE Credit

There are eight free online modules available for various pests that have been approved for CE credit. Each module is counted as .5 hours (or 30 minutes) of credit. Extension Agent John Porter will allow online courses to count for up to 3 hours of the 6 hour CE requirement, but permission may be granted to count more online hours if necessary (please contact John Porter to discuss).

In order to claim these courses, you must complete the quiz and evaluation after the module and print the certificate of completion to include with your hour documentation.

The modules are:

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Thousand Canker Disease
Spruce Problems
Downy Mildew on Impatiens, and more.
Bacterial Leaf Scorch
Sudden Oak Death
Emerald Ash Borer
Bur Oak Blight

View or share information about these modules @

2nd Annual WV Urban Ag Conference
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 workshop schedule includes horticulture production, small-scale livestock, conservation, homesteading, marketing, community gardens, and more. Check out the full conference schedule and featured speakers.
Kanawha County Master Gardeners may use time attended at workshops and featured talks as CE credit hours.

International 2015 Master Gardener Conference
“Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland”
September 22-25
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Omaha, Nebraska
Facebook: 2015 International Master Gardener Conference


A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly benefits from the purple Coneflowers Echinacea purpurea growing at Harry’s Garden in Coonskin Park in July.