WV Small Farm Center

West Virginia Small Farm Conference

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11th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W.Va.

February 26 – 28, 2015

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Goals for Conference

  • Unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably.
  • Help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption.
  • Support West Virginia’s 22,000 small farms families by:

– Providing reliable, tested knowledge about current trends, needed skills, and latest production and operation information

– Building an understanding of how to develop a successful small farming enterprise.

  • Support and further develop West Virginia’s food system and local communities by encouraging local production, processing, wholesale & retail marketing, and consumption.

Last Year’s Conference by the Numbers

  • 10th annual
  • 450: daily attendance – 650 estimated for 2015
  • 175: number of FFA members attending
  • 36: number of FFA members entered the Entrepreneurship contest
  • 145: number of class sessions – 190 are scheduled for this year
  • $25,000: amount farmers took in at Winter Blues Farmers Market
  • 4,500: number of customers at Winter Blues Farmers Market
  • $30,000: amount paid to local farmers for food for the conference
  • 97: percentage of attendees who said they planned to attend next year!