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W.Va. State University to Host Free Agriculture Workshop Series in Fayette County

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service will host a series of agriculture workshops March 13 and 14 at the Glen Jean National Guard Armory in Fayette County. The free workshops will focus on aquaponics, vermicomposting, small fruit production, and plant propagation and germination.

Aquaponics is a system of growing in which waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants. Vermicomposting refers to the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer.

“Each of these topics is becoming more popular for growers throughout the state, and we’ll cover the basics of each one” said WVSU Extension Agent Brad Cochran. “Whether a backyard grower or someone operating on a larger scale, the sessions will have something for all skill levels.”

Two sessions will be offered each day, with topics as follows:

• Tuesday, March 13: Aquaponics (11 a.m.) and Vermicomposting (noon)

• Wednesday, March 14: Small Fruits (11 a.m.) and Plant Propagation/Germination (noon)
Registration is required by contacting Cochran at (304) 204-4021 or bcochran2@wvstateu.edu.

​Workshops are being held in conjunction with the West Virginia National Guard’s Patriot Guardens initiative. The project is supported by funding from the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach Project #59-2501-16-043.​
​The Glen Jean National Guard Armory is located at 409 Wood Mountain Road in Glen Jean.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi‐generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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