WV Small Farm Center

Tri-State Farm
and Food Conference

October 12 & 13, Huntington, WV

The Tri-State Farm & Food Conference has been met with two years of incredible enthusiasm from folks in the greater Huntington area. We are striving for even more enthusiasm as we gear up for the 2012 conference.

The third Annual Farm & Food Conference was held in Huntington, WV, on October 12-13, 2012. The conference’s aim is to revolutionize the foodshed, or food system, in the 50 mile radius of Huntington through agricultural education. This effort reaches an area that encompasses 15 counties located throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Friday, October 12th featured four day-long topics which were Farm to School, Good Handling Practices/Good Agricultural Practices, Farmers Markets, and Direct Marketing.

On Friday at 5:00, the Farm Festival kicked off with a local farmers market and the area’s finest chefs offering their best dishes made from local ingredients. The Wild Ramp hosted a baking contest with apples, and opened their store for visitors.

Saturday, October 13th offered thirty hour-long sessions on topics such as value-adding, vegetable and fruit production, storage, branding your farm, using social media to market, taxation and insurances, red meats, and rules and regulations of selling farm products to restaurants and institutions.

Lunch both days was sourced from area farmers. Local food is a focus of our mission, and helping farmers to capture more of the food expenditure of their geographic area is our goal.

The dates for the 2013 conference have not yet been released, however we believe that a November conference will allow more farm folks to participate.

‘Keep Millions of Food Dollars Here’
Is Focus of Farm and Food Conference

West Virginians spend more than $7 billion on food every year. Less than 1 percent of that wealth stays in West Virginia. But change is underway.

Be among the food suppliers and consumers discovering revolutionary ways to keep both local foods and local food dollars in West Virginia communities.