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Sustainable agriculture workshops offered throughout the year

ISSUED: 18 January 2023

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WVAnyone interested in agriculture is invited to attend a series of nine workshops offered by Shepherd University’s Agricultural Innovation Center at Tabler Farm over the course of the next year that will focus on small-scale, intensive vegetable production techniques and will feature specialty workshops in beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, sustainable and self-sufficient agriculture, and aquaponics. 

Shepherd is partnering with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Veterans & Heroes to Agriculture program to offer the series. It will begin with a “Regenerative Field Planning” workshop on Thursday, January 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center. Dr. Brooke Comer, visiting assistant professor of environmental science, and Madison Hale, Tabler Farm coordinator, will delve into how vegetable production can drain farmers and their land if not carefully planned.  

This workshop will focus on field planning techniques, such as crop rotation and cover cropping. Comer and Hale will go over some of the key planning components needed to sustain and regenerate farmland. They will also discuss techniques to track farming efforts and create an efficient production system. 

The two-hour workshop will be $10 for the public and $5 for students. All workshops are free for veterans. There is a 10 percent discount for those signing up for five or more workshops. Registration is required, and participants must pay by cash or check at the door.  

For more information and to register, visit the 2023 Workshop Series webpage.

Other workshops planned are: 

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