The Kanawha Community Gardens Association was born Jan. 7 with an enthusiastic group led by WVU Kanawha County extension agents John Porter and Angela Rexroad.
"Our goal is to form an association where each of the representatives or members of those gardens can share ideas, projects, seeds, supplies," Rexroad said. "We understand that there are several community garden projects around -- they are out there in Kanawha County. We want to help them to work together."
Potential benefits include applying for tax-exempt status, which would help all the organizations when purchasing supplies. Another long-term goal is to establish more local farmer's markets that will bring healthy local food to all areas of the county, benefiting the residents and the farmers.
At the next meeting -- 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Extension Service office, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. -- the group hopes to elect officers. Call 304-768-1202.
Small Farm Conference
The Small Farm Conference is set for Feb 17-19, at Lakeview Conference Center, near Morgantown. Day-long workshops on Feb. 17 include energy, agri-tourism, labeling (sequel to "Better Process Control School"), cheese making, food security, good agricultural Practices and high tunnels. The Winter Blues Farmers Market also will be held that evening and will offer a multitude of vendors selling stored, value-added and crafted products.
On Feb. 18 and 19, shorter sessions on a variety of topics from beekeeping to backyard flocks to farm tax information and nontimber forest crops will be held. the Local Foods Celebration banquet will take place Feb. 18.
All meals and breaks for the conference will be sourced from local farmers.
If you have a product you'd like to sell, or more questions about the conference, call Carrie See at 304-293-2715.
The conference tracks are designed to accommodate the diverse mix of experience, age, crop enterprise and interests of the region's small farmers.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.