WVSU Extension Service and KISRA Hosting Free Agriculture Workshops in Dunbar

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
June 19, 2015
WVSU Extension Service and KISRA Hosting Free Agriculture Workshops in Dunbar
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service will present a series of free workshops to help beginning and experienced gardeners learn a variety of garden management and small fruit production techniques.  Held Tuesday, June 30, at the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action (KISRA) Paradise Farms in Dunbar, W.Va. The day-long series will begin at 9 a.m.

“We are excited to be partnering with KISRA to expand our agricultural education outreach efforts,” said Melissa Stewart, assistant program director of WVSU Extension Service. “We will be covering a variety of topics that will open up both new and existing gardeners to some interesting growing methods, management practices and crop options.”

The workshops will include sessions on pest management, fruit production and container gardening. The full schedule is as follows.
  • 9 a.m. - Pest Management
  • 10 a.m. - Mushroom Production
  • 11 a.m. - Container Gardening
  • 1 p.m. - Bramble Production
  • 2 p.m. - Strawberry Production
  • 3 p.m. - Rain Barrels
WVSU Extension Service is partnering with the West Virginia Minority and Veteran Farmers Program to host the series, made possible by a West Virginia Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant and by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher Program.

To register, contact WVSU Extension Agent Randy Ross at (808) 208-5099 or rross8@wvstateu.edu.

KISRA Paradise Farms is located at 131 Perkins Ave. in Dunbar.
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