WV Small Farm Center

2016 Small Farm Conference Schedule

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Public Events

Winter Blues Farmers Market & Local Dine Around
Thursday, February 25th

Farmers’ market fans will again have the opportunity for a wintertime fix! The Winter Blues Farmers Market will be held Thursday, February 25 from 4:00 – 7:30 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 304-558-2210 and complete the Winter Blues Farmers Market Application.

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

Pre-Conference Sessions

Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Competition
Wednesday, February 24th


Good Handling Practies / Good Agricultural Practices (GHP / GAP)
Dr. Williams, Virginia Tech
Wednesday, February 24th
GAP

For produce growers interested in exploring GHP/GAP certification or seeking basic food production and handling practices for a direct market, this is the course for you. The one day program includes resource materials and instruction to explore your current practices and how to apply good food safety practices.

Note: Successful completion of this program meets the education requirement for successful GHP/GAP audit reimbursement.


Better Process Control School
Dr. Marcy, Virginia Tech
Wednesday, February 24th & Thursday, February 25th

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.

See the course flyer here


Trade Show

Thursday, February 25th from 8AM – 4:30PM
Friday, February 26th from 8AM – 6:00PM
Saturday, February 27th from 8AM – 4:00PM

See the Floor Plan Here

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

Conference Sessions

See the Full Program Here

See the Class Matrix Layout Here (Excel)

Click the links below to view the Conference session schedules and descriptions

Thursday

February 25th from 8:30AM – 4:30PM

The QuickBooks class pre-registration seats are now full and at max capacity. Please see one of our other wonderful classes for Thursday.

Friday

February 26th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

Saturday

February 27th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association Schedule

The W.Va. Small Farm Conference will host over 140 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
– Emerging Issues
– Local Food Community
– Farm to School & Wholesale Markets
– AgriTourism & Bed & Breakfast Association
– Future Farmers

Silent Auction

Thursday, February 25th from 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Friday, February 26th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Saturday, February 27th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

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 Lagana at llagana@mail.wvu.edu.

Seed Swap

Thursday, February 25th from 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Friday, February 26th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Saturday, February 27th from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

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 Friday, February 26, 2016 from 2:15-2:45p.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.

See the Full Program Here