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The Small Farm Center, under the WVU Extension Service, was founded in 2009 and strives to increase the farmer’s bottom line by helping him or her retain more of the dollar spent on food in his or her community.
WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center!
We host several conferences throughout the year to bring professionals and experts in certain topic areas to share their knowledge with small farmers who seek to expand their existing operation or try something new.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Course
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (pdf) and industry recognized food safety practices. Source
Processed foods travel more miles than the average person knows. WVU Extension Service is looking to change that by helping the state’s 21,000 farmers reach a wider consumer base.
On this page we hope you will find the information that you seek, or at least a phone number or email to contact us for help.
Facts about Small Farms
- Even “big” farms in West Virginia are considered small farms nationally.
- West Virginians report spending $7.2 billion on food each year.
- West Virginia has only one commercial dairy processor left.
- Food production captures only 10.4 cents of every dollar spent on food, according to the USDA
Local Foods and Small Farms …
… can be more nutritious
… bring communities together
… can be safer to eat
… keep money in communities
Small Farm Advocate Newspaper
The Small Farm Center offers to the public their Small Farm Advocate newspaper. Inside, you will find articles about small grains, aquaculture, the Market Garden at Jackson’s Mill and many other timely topics.Read past issues of the Advocate here
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