The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 13, 2013

Agricultural producers will have chance to learn to get started

Agricultural Producers in Raleigh County will have the chance to learn about an opportunity that is in the works to provide potential income to those producing agricultural product or for those interested in getting started.

The Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia Department of Education and the WVU Extension Service are partnering to implement the Farm to School program which is designed for local agricultural producers to sell their products directly to the school system.

This helps the producer by providing a constant market and also helps the school system by providing healthy free produce that is locally grown.

This program has been adopted in select counties around the state and it has become a win-win for all involved. Plans are being developed for a pilot sight at Liberty High School in conjunction with the agricultural education classes.

An informational session is planned for March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Raleigh County Academy of Careers and Technology located adjacent to Woodrow Wilson High School

The public is invited and current agricultural producers or individuals that are looking for some supplemental income are encouraged to attend and hear more on the program.

Representatives from the WVU Extension Service, WV Dept. of Education, WV Dept. of Child Nutrition and Raleigh County Board of Education will be on hand to answers questions and provide an overview of the program.

For more information, contact David Richmond, WVU Extension Agent, at 304-255-9321 or e-mail david.richmond @mail.wvu.edu

 

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