It's been a busy month of visiting with our food and farm community all the way from Columbus, Ohio to Lewisburg, West Virginia. This week we were pleased to have Commissioner Kent Leonhardt and Deputy Commissioner Joe Hatton join farmers from Greenbrier and Monroe County for farm tours and a Food & Farm Gathering in the evening, where they answered your questions about agriculture in West Virginia. 

If you would like to be listed in the WV Local Food and Farm Directory, a printed listing of farms, farmers markets, restaurants, local food retailers, caterers, and farm-to-table dinners in West Virginia, please contact Evelyn Hartman at with "Directory" in the subject line. Deadline to submit your listing is  Tuesday, May 30th. If you would like to purchase an advertisement space in the directory, please email Evelyn Hartman at with "Ad Space" in the subject line. 

Happy Reading,

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Fungal Pharmacopeia: A Medicinal Mushroom Intensive Workshop
May 27th - 28th
 Sharondale Farm, Cismont, VA

Join us for a hands-on activity filled workshop exploring mushrooms as medicine for personal and community health. Read more and register here 
Contracting in Ag: What do Farmers and Advocates Need to Know? 
May 31, 2017 at 2pm - 3:30pm
Online Webinar

Today, a significant portion of livestock, poultry and other crops are being raised under production contracts. But production contracts can be complicated and confusing. This webinar will help farmers, advocates and law students understand production contracts for contract growing: the benefits, the risks, and the legal considerations. Register here. Hosted by Drake University Law School & the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
Webinar: Rotating Crops, Turning Profits Thursday, May 25th at 2PM - 3PM

Union of Concerned Scientists is offering a webinar on how diverse crop rotation systems can achieve environmental gains without sacrificing yields and profits. Learn more about their newly published report, Rotating Crops, Turning Profits, and register here.
Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center  Open House 
June 8th, 5PM - 8PM in Talcott, WV

Join Sprouting Farms in celebrating their hard work and the exciting things to come. Take a farm tour, meet the staff, farmers and board, and join in garden hose cutting. For more information and directions to the farm site call 304-445-7200 or email RSVP for the event here.
Free One Day Introduction to Business Planning Workshop
Thursday, June 8th, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
131 Perkins Ave. Dunbar, WV

Bring your current business and/or business idea and work on business planning, legal structures of business, overview marketing strategies, (product, pricing, placement, promotion), What does cash flow projection look like? Get connected to resources, coaches and other folks who can help you out. The event is co-sponsored by the Good Jobs Fund, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Strong Mountain Communities and KISRA. Contact Patricia Scott, to register.
The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals Symposium 
July 12 -14 in Morgantown, WV

This 3-day symposium will provide a forum to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders involved in the management and regulation of forest botanicals in Appalachia, including federal and state agencies, tribal representatives, academics, landowners, collectors, and the herbal products industry. Register here
John Dewey Kitchen Institute: Experiential Learning in a Kitchen Classroom 
June 25th - 27th
University of Vermont in Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont offers this 3-day, on-campus workshop that applies John Dewey's philosophy into our kitchen lab, as a way to emphasize experiential education, as an important pedagogical approach for teaching any subject. Learn more and register here.
Paris Apothecary 72-Hour Permaculture Design Certification Course
June 17th - 25th in Paris, Virginia

A PDC course offers a comprehensive intro to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices and meets the international standard as the 72+ hour foundational course for practitioners and teachers. Come learn with Wayne Weiseman, long-time Permaculture designer, teacher and co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening. This unique course will be held in the hills of Paris, VA a spot rich in history and surrounded by biologically dense ecosystems within the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge Mountains. Learn more here.

Community Eligibility in Rural Schools 
Live Streamed on May 8, 2017

Listen to the recorded webinar to hear from FRAC, the National Rural Education Association and AASA, and the School Superintendents Association to learn more about the benefits of community eligibility and how to implement it from rural school administrators. Listen here.

Deadline: June 6, 2017
Deadline: June 15th and September 15th
Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2017 at 5PM EST

Proposal Deadline: June 2, 2017 at 5pm EST

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Deadline: June 19, 2017

Deadline: June 14, 2017

Position Open Until Filled

Deadline: June 16, 2017

Contact to apply
Minutemen Farmers' Cooperative is Hiring a Farm Manager and Training Coordinator/Instructor in Ripley, West Virginia

Send cover letter and resume to 
Future Harvest CASA is Hiring a Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager
Deadline: May 19, 2017

Bluebird Organic Farm in Cadiz, Ohio is Hiring a Farm Manager and Farm Hand

 Send cover letter and resume to
Refresh Appalachia is Hiring an Office Manager in Charleston, West Virginia No Deadline

University of Massachusetts Sustainable Food and Farming Online Courses. Enroll here.

Interactive maps for understanding state-by-state rules and regulations for processing, slaughtering, and raw milk. Check out the laws in West Virginia here

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Enterprise Budgets are available online here.

NC Farm School and NC Choices budget templates for market gardens, high tunnels, bee hives, various livestock, and marketing are online here.

RSF Social Funding Opportunities for Social Enterprises
Learn more here.

Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program
Learn more here.

Cabbige is an online business management tool designed for small-scale, diversified growers with harvest and sales reports, CSA tracker, and a pricing tool. Find out more here.

Wins for Sutainable Agriculture in final FY 2017 Spending Package. Read the full NSAC blog post here.

NSAC blog post updates us on the Trump Administration's second installment of their budget proposal for FY 18. Read about the administration's plan to gut rural development, and cut conservation and research here.

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