Fifth Annual Urban Agriculture Conference to Be Held May 11-12 at West Virginia State University

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April 3, 2018
Fifth Annual Urban Agriculture Conference to Be Held May 11-12 at West Virginia State University
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The fifth annual West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference, previously scheduled for April, will now be held May 11-12 on the campus of West Virginia State University (WVSU) in Institute.

The conference will feature a screening of the documentary “Farmers for America,” which profiles West Virginia farmer Calvin Riggleman. The film profiles a series of young farmers from across the nation, all of whom are stepping up to take over their family farm enterprises. Riggleman, of Romney, W.Va., owns and operates Bigg Riggs Farm.

In addition to the film’s screening, the conference will offer a variety of sessions on such topics as homesteading, urban growing, marketing, livestock and small fruit production, as well as a training for teachers on the internationally known youth agriculture curriculum Junior Master Gardener.

The annual event is designed to attract agriculture enthusiasts at all levels of skill, from backyard hobbyists to full-scale farm operators, who have an interest in urban farming and gardening practices.

 “The application of agricultural practices on urban lots and micro-farms can be as important to the food supply and local economy as larger, more traditional farms,” said Dr. Annette Ericksen, assistant program director for agriculture and natural resources at WVSU Extension Service and the conference’s chairperson. “This conference provides training, insights and hands-on delivery of methods and techniques to enthusiasts regardless of the size of their garden or farm – and regardless of their location: rural, urban or an apartment patio.”

Additional host agencies include Capitol Conservation District, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia National Guard and West Virginia University Extension Service.

Registration for the full conference costs $50. One-day registration is $30. A full schedule and online registration is available at To learn more, contact Annette Ericksen at (614) 271-3005 or

Sessions will take place in the Wilson University Union on campus.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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