WV Small Farm Center

2017 Small Farm Conference Schedule

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Public Events

Winter Blues Farmers Market & Local Dine Around
Sunday, February 12th

Farmers’ market fans will again have the opportunity for a wintertime fix! The Winter Blues Farmers Market will be held Sunday, February 12th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., organized by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Farmers from all over the state will be gathered to sell their winter-hardy food, goods and products. This FREE event is open to the public.
If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please call Connie Tolley at 304-558-2210 and complete the Winter Blues Farmers Market Application (Word Document).

Part two of this Farmers Market includes a Local Dine Around. Local Chefs are cooking up a pay-as-you-go dishes featuring locally grown and prepared entrees. The chefs will be set up among the many farmer vendors so the customers can eat and shop, or find one of the many tables nearby to just relax while eating a wonderful locally prepared meal.

Apply to be a Winter Blues Farmers Market Vendor (PDF).

Pre-Conference Sessions

Better Process Control School

Dr. Marcy, Virginia Tech
Saturday, February 11th & Sunday, February 12th

$150 for In-State

$250 for Out-of-State

Register Here

There is no age limit for this class and the certification is good for life!

See the full 2017 2017 Better Process Control School flyer here

Are you looking to expand your market for processed specialty crops? Do you need to train additional staff in your commercial kitchen? The Virginia Tech Department of Food Science & Technology in cooperation with the US Food & Drug Administration, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture are hosting the annual two-day Better Process Control School at the WV Small Farm Conference.

All food processors and manufacturers are encouraged to take advantage of this training opportunity. This course fulfills the requirements set forth in Title 21, Part 114 of the Federal Food Code and is required by FDA and WV Public Health for commercial operations, including food manufacturers and commercial kitchen operations. This course is offered at a substantial discount and is available on a limited basis throughout the United States.

For families that want to take the class, the point of contact on site during processing will need the certification. However, you will be able to share the book and only need one copy at home, so the second (and/or third, etc.) family member that also need the certification will each be $100 off! This is a buy one get the rest 75% off kind of deal. (This is only applicable per each household.) Please submit a paper registration form with a check and the list of names that will be taking the class for this option.


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Trade Show

Monday, February 13th from 8AM – 4:30PM
Tuesday, February 14th from 8AM – 4:30PM

Click here for more information on becoming a Trade Show Exhibitor.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Adults $70/day or $180 for all 3 days

Students $35/day or $90 for all 3 days

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February 12th from 8:30AM – 5:15PM


February 13th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Includes Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Competition at the Holiday Inn Express


February 14th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

The W.Va. Small Farm Conference will host over 130 different educational conference sessions this year! In-depth tracks that span over the three days includes:

– Animal Production
– Farm Management
– Marketing
– Beginning Fruit & Vegetable Production
– Advanced Fruit & Vegetable Production
– Specialty Crops & Value Added Products
– Organic Production
– Local Food Community
– Farm to School
– Wholesale Markets
– AgriTourism

Silent Auction & Seed Swap

February 12th from 8:30AM – 5:15PM
February 13th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM
February 14th from 8:30AM – 5:00PM

The Silent Auction will run at the same times as the educational sessions and will take place in the Trade Show Grand Ballroom. We are still seeking donations of all sorts to fill our auction tables. Please see our donation form here or contact Lisa Jones at llagana@mail.wvu.edu.

The Seed Swap will run at the same times as the educational sessions and will take place in the Trade Show Grand Ballroom.

If you would like to donate seeds, please bring seed in a jar or plastic container with appropriate labels:
  • Common variety name
  • Short Description
  • Note if organic or heirloom
  • A photo or catalog of the finished product

The Great West Virginia J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works Pop-Off!

The Great West Virginia J. Q. Dickinson Salt-Works Pop-Off is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2017 from 3:45-4:30p.m. during the West Virginia Small Farm Conference.

This event highlights one of the many products in West Virginia that can be easily grown and have value added to it.

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