Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) will be holding an Organic Transition Producer Symposium
April 1, 2017. The event will take place at the Bridgeport Conference Center
and will cost $20 to attend.
“Organic is a growing niche
that more and more buyers are looking for when doing their food shopping. This
is a great opportunity for West Virginia producers to learn how to become USDA
certified,” said Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt. “The department is
here to provide any tools we can to our West Virginia farmers, so if you are
interested in attending, please contact us as soon as possible.”
This is a workshop designed
for farmers that want to start the transition to become United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Organic in produce. Sponsors of the workshop
include: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm
Association (OEFFA), Appalachian Harvest, Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), WVU Extension Services Small Farms
Center and the WVDA. Eric Pawlowski of the OEFFA will be the keynote speaker.
“Being USDA-certified is an essential if you want to start growing
organic products commercially,” stated Cindy Martel, WVDA Marketing Specialist.
“We do have a limited number of spaces available, but we hope people take
advantage of this opportunity.”
What: Organic Transition Producer Symposium
When: April 1, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Bridgeport Conference Center 300
Conference Center Way, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, 304-558-3708/304-380-3922, firstname.lastname@example.org