Community & Agricultural Resource Development

We are committed to providing research-based educational programs and technical assistance to farmers, commodity groups and agribusiness, and to providing horticultural and pest management assistance to the broader citizenship of West Virginia. We focus on alternative agriculture; sustainability; urban forestry; and community, youth and adaptive gardening. We offer hands-on workshops throughout central and southern West Virginia, reaching gardeners of all ages and experience levels.

Making West Virginia’s communities viable, energetic and economically sustainable is the mission of our Community & Economic Development efforts. Primary focus areas are community development and revitalization, regional and local economic development, and small business development. Our current initiatives include: Downtown Revitalization, Historic Preservation, Green Projects, Community Gardens, Small Business Development & Support, Economic Sustainability, Non-profit Development, Economic Analysis, Disaster Preparedness, and Tourism.