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WVU Extension offers farm business training for women

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time in the Charleston area, a six-session training course is available for women who are interested in building or improving a viable farm business.

Offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service, Annie’s Project provides risk-management training in business planning, record keeping, financial analysis, farm and food safety and networking.

The program will be offered in six three-hour sessions on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon beginning May 19 at the WVU Kanawha County Extension Service office, Suite 101, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE. A $25 registration fee will cover course materials and meals. Registration is required by April 28 and space is limited.

Registration materials can be found online at

For more information, call 304-720-9573 or email

Annie’s Project, a nationally renowned curriculum adapted from Iowa, has an excellent track record in West Virginia, according to participant evaluation results from last year. Locally, 21 female producers have graduated from the program. These women were a small portion of the nearly 150 women who participated in the program last year in West Virginia.

Each Annie’s Project graduate will have the opportunity to continue their education at each regional site as Annie’s Project II coincides with the six-session training course and one-on-one mentoring takes place throughout the year after the training.


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