Gardening workshop set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG -Multiple speakers and topics will be featured at Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Valley Sustainable Farming and Gardening Workshop.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fort Boreman Room of the Judge Black Annex on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. The event is free and open to anyone regardless of residency.

The workshop is focused on bringing people in the community together to learn about unique opportunities in agriculture and home gardening, including home gardeners, farmers and anyone interested in growing their own food.

J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension agriculture agent for Wood County, said the workshop will be a great place for home gardeners, entrepreneurs and farmers to come together to share ideas.

“Sustainable farming and gardening methods are important for the future of gardening and farming,” he said. “We want to ensure a nutritious, stable food supply for future generations. Local food production keeps money here in the Mid-Ohio Valley and supports the local economy.”

The keynote speaker will be Warren Taylor, owner of Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy, Ohio. Taylor will discuss his passion for grass based, sustainable dairy farming methods and providing the public with wholesome, quality local foods including whole milk and yogurt. Taylor is a graduate of The Ohio State University, receiving a degree in Dairy Technology and has worked for Safeway, creating and installing top-notch efficient dairy.

Several other speakers and topics will be presented at the workshop, including: Apple Cider Production by Tom Burch of Hidden Hills Orchard; Getting Started with Bees by beekeepers Sandy Moore and Kenny Bach; The Four Seasons of Lettuce by Lewis Jett of WVU Extension Service; Growing Shiitake Mushrooms by Dave Hawkins of Mother Earth Foods; Low-Tunnel Vegetable Production by Keith Finger of Mt. Mama Farms; Community Supported Agriculture by Miranda Kridler of Green Edge Gardens; and Saving Seeds with Jorie Kennedy of the Wood County Master Gardeners.

The meetings are co-sponsored by the West Virginia Extension Service and The Wood County Master Gardeners. To pre-register or for more information, call the WVU Extension Wood County office at 304-424-1960.

The workshop is only one of several programs offered by WVU Extension Service. WVU Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving youth, families, economics, health and natural resources.

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