Small Farm Center
Do you know where your food has been?
What $6.8 billion industry has room to expand in West Virginia?
A Growing Industry in a Shrinking Economy.In many instances, processed food travels more miles than the people who eat it have. WVU Extension Service is looking to change that by helping the state’s 21,000 farmers reach a wider consumer base through its Small Farm Center.
The Small Farm Center goes beyond teaching business basics by introducing new marketing techniques for staple products like beef and potatoes.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association have worked together with other members of the West Virginia Food Safety and Food Defense Task Force to develop this guide.
Facts about Small Farms/ Eat Local
- Even “big” farms in West Virginia are considered “small” farms nationally.
- West Virginians spend $6.8 billion on food each year.
- West Virginia has only one commercial dairy left.
- Farmers capture only 19 cents of every dollar spent on food in West Virginia.
Local Foods and Small Farms…
... are more nutritious
... bring communities together
... can be safer to eat
... keep money in communities
Check out the W.Va. Small Farm Center Website for more information about small farms in West Virginia.