Area growers invited attend farming gathering

ROMNEY — Jefferson County farmers and area foods stakeholders are invited to take part in the upcoming Eastern Panhandle Regional Farm Gathering, at the South Branch Inn in Romney on Dec. 4. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To showcase the importance of fresh, local foods to West Virginia’s economy and to the health of its citizens, organizations such as Change the Future West Virginia and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association have been working together to promote activities and businesses that foster development in these areas.

The Eastern Panhandle Regional Farm Gathering is the first in what they hope is a series of regional meetings where these interests will come together.

“We want to get everyone in the same room to so everyone can connect with each other and with service providers,” Farmers Market Association Larry Lower said of the meeting.

All farmers, local foods business owners, service providers and other food system stakeholders in the Eastern Panhandle are invited to the gathering. Participants will have a chance to network with peers, meet service providers and receive some more specific trainings during break-out sessions.

The meeting is free, but requires pre-registration. Qualifying farmers will also have the opportunity to win a high tunnel package, while qualifying farmers’ markets or farm-to- school programs will have the opportunity to win a marketing/promotion package courtesy of Change the Future and the West Virginia Department of Education.

The event is hosted by the West Virginia Farmers Market Association and Change the Future West Virginia with support from the school system’s Farm-to-School program and in partnership with West Virginia University Extension Services. Registration deadline is Nov.26 and spots are limited.

For more information or to register, contact Kelly Crane, West Virginia Farmers Market Association at or 304-542-3331.


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