There will be a series of educational classes offered in March exploring methods in growing and marketing garden and other horticulture crops. The classes will take place at 7 p.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the conference room of the Upshur County Extension Office.
The March 5 meeting will be taught by Terry Hudson, a Kanawha County grower who has developed some low-cost methods to extend his growing season. In particular, he has developed a low-cost construction method for high tunnels. If you are interested in extending your growing season in the early spring and late fall, this would be a good session to attend.
The March 12 meeting will address the "Farm to School" marketing program. It will be taught by Cindy Nesselroad, the children nutrition supervisor for the Upshur County Board of Education. The Farm to School marketing program could be great for anyone searching for additional marketing venues. Following the "Farm to School" session, the Buckhannon-Upshur Farmers Market vendors will hold a short informational meeting concerning the upcoming 2013 market season. Vendors will receive copies of the BUFMA's by-laws and vendor applications.
The March 19 meeting will be taught by a representative of the Tygart Valley Marketing Cooperative. This organization has been working to develop cooperative methods of marketing in this region. The cooperative is open to the growers in Upshur County. This would be a good session for farmers and other growers who are looking for additional ways to work together in growing and marketing local produce.
The March 26 program will be dedicated to issues related to the Buckhannon-Upshur Farmers Market. The Farmers Market has gone through several challenges over the last few years. The goal is to work toward the growth of the market for the coming years. This session will address plans for the future of the market.
Anyone who would like to attend this series of meetings or anyone who has additional questions can contact the WVU Upshur County Extension office at 304-473-4208 before March 4.