The West Virginia Department of Agriculture announced a partnership to bring locally sourced food products to this year’s National Jamboree at the Bechtel Reserve in Fayetteville.

The department announced the partnership with the Boy Scouts of America in a Wednesday news release, which said two West Virginia-based businesses — Thistledew Farm of Proctor and Family Roots Farms of Wellsburg — will sell West Virginia grown products at the July event.

West Virginia honey and maple syrup will be available for sale at the Jamboree Outpost, the Scout retail store on site, the news release said.

Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said the goal of the Agriculture Business Development Division was to find public-private partnerships to encourage growth.

“Working with the Boy Scouts and our West Virginia producers, we will open up huge opportunities for economic development within agriculture,” Leonhardt said in the news release.

The National Jamboree takes place every four years and draws more than 40,000 attendees for the 10-day event. In 2019, the International Jamboree will take place in the United States for the first time in more than 50 years and for the first time ever in West Virginia.

“Hosting Scouting’s biggest adventure in West Virginia is a great source of pride for us,” Todd McGregor, Summit Bechtel Reserve group director, said in the news release. “Extending our support of this great state by sourcing food from local producers is a natural extension of this deep and valued partnership.”

The Ag Department will be one of 19 exhibitors in the West Virginia tent at the National Jamboree. Its exhibit will focus on West Virginia products, farming and sustainability.

“We will continue to work with our producers to formulate a plan to meet more needs of the Summit over the next two years,” Leonhardt said. “The Scouts have an amazing commitment to local food and helping West Virginia. This is a win for our state and the New River Gorge region.” 

— Email: alannom@register-herald.com; follow on Twitter @AndreaLannom

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