News & Events

January 26, 2017

Your WVFMA is partnering with the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and SNAP Education to offer you an amazing opportunity to help us create a statewide campaign that highlights local food and agriculture, lets customers know where the farmers markets are and when they are open.

 

Here’s how it will work:

  1. We do a lot of research about what elements need to be included in this campaign to reach a wide audience
  2. Verglas Media develops a visually dynamic and timely messaging to entice new consumers
  3. More research is done to make sure the campaign is effective
  4. The campaign is rolled out across the state via radio ads, billboards, and commercials
  5. The campaign is rolled out in your town through your local market. As a member market of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association, your local market will choose from a wide variety of marketing materials that have been customized with your markets dates and times and co-branded with your markets logo!

 

Here’s how you can help:

As a farmer or farmers market manager, this campaign needs your input! We need to know how the farmers want to see their work and their products showcased. This an opportunity for your to guide visual and messaging direction of this campaign!

 

Please attend the first steering committee meeting:

January 26th 12-3PM 4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE Suite 101. Charleston, WV

RSVP Here: https://goo.gl/forms/VcgIBwgOpJMW1nwE3

Or on our Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714628568849207/

(Lunch is provided and if travel is a hardship, please let us know! And we can help!)



February 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for the annual Winter Blues Farmers Market held yearly in conjunction with the WV Small Farm Conference. Booths featuring West Virginia vendors with produce, meats, baked goods, fiber products, crafts and youth activities. Free admission to the event, fun for the family!

Learn more about the farmers market and about deadlines to register as a vendor on their website: http://www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com/events/2017/winter-blues-farmers-market




February 12-14, 2017

13th Annual Small Farms Conference

Goals for Conference

  • Unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably.
  • Help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption.
  • Support West Virginia’s 22,000 small farms families by:

    Providing reliable, tested knowledge about current trends, needed skills, and latest production and operation information

    Building an understanding of how to develop a successful small farming enterprise.

  • Support and further develop West Virginia’s food system and local communities by encouraging local production, processing, wholesale & retail marketing, and consumption.

2016 Conference by the Numbers

  • 12th annual
  • 700: daily attendance
  • 31: number of FFA members entered the Entrepreneurship contest
  • 140: number of educational sessions
  • $25,000: amount farmers took in at Winter Blues Farmers Market
  • 3,000: number of customers at Winter Blues Farmers Market
  • $13,000: amount paid to local farmers for food for the conference
  • 97: percentage of attendees who said they planned to attend next year!

For more information and how to register: http://smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu/events/conference