Thursday, January 21, 2021



She can grow some mean salad greens. “So healthy for you and your family,” she’ll cheerfully tell the customer who makes regular stops at her booth at the local farmers market.

At another booth, a farmer has some farm-made cheese on display. “Comes from cows that are raised out on grass,” he says to a group of customers wandering through the farmers market and stopping at his booth.

At a restaurant on Main Street, a farmer proudly holds up his strawberries for the chef, who buys his berries on a regular basis. “Real beauties,” he says. “They’re large and red-ripe. Your diners will love them. Sweet and juicy and no pesticides.”

These farmers have several things in common. They would be identified as small-scale farmers and therefore exempt from many provisions, such as mandatory inspections, in the Food Safety Modernization Act. They primarily sell direct to their customers.

They also have something else that’s even more valuable. Their customers’ trust.

On a business level, that’s of utmost importance, Rachel Armstrong, founder and executive director of Farm Commons, will quickly say. But while knowing how to farm and having a loyal customer base is one thing, knowing how to keep your customers safe from foodborne pathogen problems and your farm safe from lawsuits is another.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wondering how this warm winter will affect our landscape? 

Whether you believe in global warming or not, West
Virginia has been experiencing higher temperatures
in both summer and winter. The United States
Department of Agriculture hardiness zone map shows
that between 1990 and 2015, there has been significant
change in temperatures resulting in a shift in hardiness

Read more on what to expect:

Thursday, February 6, 2020


by Extension Master Gardeners of Kanawha County

Date: March 14, 2020
Location:  Coonskin Park Clubhouse, Charleston on March 14, 2020
Registration Fee: $8.00 if by March 1, then $13.00 day of the event. 

Flyer and Registrations form links below:

Spring into Gardening flyer
Spring into Gardening Registration

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Evan Wilson named as Extension Agent for Cabell & Wayne Counties

After a lengthy vacancy in the agriculture extension agent positions in Cabell and Wayne Counties, the position was recently filled.  James Evan Wilson, a graduate of WVU, will split time between the two counties serving the agricultural needs of the area.  Evan grew up in the Mason County community of Apple Grove and comes from a strong agricultural background having been involved in 4-H and FFA as a student.  He has recently completed he Masters Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource and Design and has worked in poultry in Virginia.
Evan will bring a great deal of knowledge, energy and resources to the two counties that we serves. He is looking forward to meeting the CCMGA members from Cabell and Wayne Counties to explore ways that we can work together.
Evan can be contacted by email at

Friday, May 4, 2018

May CCMGA Meeting at Mallory's Farm

Please remember to join us for the May 8 CCMGA meeting at R>L. and Linda Mallory's farm in Culloden, WV.   The Mallorys are great hosts and I know that everyone will enjoy seeing the work of Linda's green thumb in her gardens and greenhouses.  This meeting is also special because it is the graduation of the 2018 class of Master Gardeners.
 If you have a GPS in your car, you can enter the coordinates 38.425294, -82.061668 to get to their place.. If you would prefer, you can meet to caravan or car pool at the Milton Park and Ride, just off exit 28 of I-64. We expect to leave the park and ride at 6:15 pm.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Joint gathering - KY/WV Master Gardeners

CCMGA members have been invited to join with Master Gardeners from Eastern Kentucky on the evening of Tuesday, June 19.  The Kentucky Master Gardeners will furnish the main courses (turkey, dressing, ham) and others are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.   The event will begin at 6 pm and will be held at Kentucky Roots which is Route 3 between Ashland and Louisa.  The link below shows a map of the location.
There will be three speakers discussing the potential for hemp farming in the area.
CCMGA members will know many of the Kentucky Master Gardeners from sharing a booth at the WSAZ Home and Garden Show.  If you are able to attend please RSVP to Rhonella Chaffin at or 606 483 6077.