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You Snooze, You Lose

May 29, 2012

It would be awesome enough to meet the people who grow food, to see how they love the land and the edible nutrition they can nuture from the soil, but you can actually get to see how they work, how they manage, how they succeed.  So many of West Virginia’s farmers so appreciate their role as stewards that they offer programs during the year for you and your family to come and experience.

Just a warning: some of these events completely fill registration within hours of being offered. If you have an interest in something, act on it…..if not, you may miss the chance until next year.

Here is a sampling of coming events:

Chickens in the Road in Roane County offers educational programs year round. Retreat 2012  will be held at Camp Sheppard September 13-17. Suzanne McMinn has been offering an annual event that is so enjoyed the registration is full, although a waiting list is available. Suzanne also offers Sassafras Farm Tours and Suppers on June 29, July 6, August 3, August 10, November 9, November 16. In addition,  Weekenders, 2 day classes of various aspects of farm life are offered Beauty & the Bread on June 29-30, Squeaky Clean & Cheesy on July 6-7, Canning Party: Salsas, Sauces, and Condiments August 3-4, Canning Party: Fruits, Fillings, and Compotes August 10-11, Holiday Mixes & Matches November 9–10, and Holiday Cookies & Candies November 16-17.

Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg offers school tours at prime harvest times for strawberries, apples and pumpkins. Any group of 15 or more can schedule a special tour. In addition, they offer Birthday Parties, Fall Farm Fun Days, Apple Harvest Bin Specials, Holiday Open House, Hayrides and Bonfires, and always, Pick Your Own.

Berea Gardens Agriculture Training Center offers five-day courses each month through October. Each course includes intensive classroom study and exposure to activities on the family farm in Minnora. Bob Gregory has over 35 years of experience in traditional, sustainable and organic farming methods. The emphasis of the course is to equip the attendees with the information that will permit them to grow high quality food with a maximum of efficiency. Class size is limited to 10 attendees. Bob and his wife Linnita also write a monthly blogletter.

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