Wise County Extension

Good start, but not without challenges

By |March 20th, 2020|Wise County Extension|

Good start, but not without challenges In Wise County, we had the goal of adding as many new Grow Appalachia growers as possible this year, especially from the towns of Coeburn and Appalachia.  We haven't seen a lot of participation from those towns in the past.  We had sign-ups and the Garden Planning

Apple grafting

By |March 21st, 2019|Wise County Extension|

Once upon a time, Wise County was the third largest apple producer in Virginia. Today, we're down to one commercial orchard (or two if you count the 14 acres managed by the prison for their own use). Even though we no longer have this industry, home orchards can thrive, and our annual apple grafting workshops

Wesley’s Final Week

By |July 24th, 2017|Wise County Extension|

Hey everyone, this is Wesley the intern here at Wise County Extension. This is the final week of my internship here, so I thought I would take the time to post some of the best pictures I have taken with the gardeners during my time here. Katie's Garden; This is a picture of Katie's

Wise County Update

By |June 22nd, 2017|Wise County Extension|

Things are progressing nicely in Wise County, Virginia.  The twenty families in our home gardening program are seeing things grow, and Wesley and I are beginning to get some site visits in.  The community gardens we began with Grow Appalachia’s help back in 2014 are seeing the most life they’ve seen yet, and with this

Introducing VCE Intern

By |June 2nd, 2017|Wise County Extension|

Hello my name is Wesley Hubbard, and I am Wise County’s new VCE intern. I am a native of Wise County, born and raised in Pound, Virginia. I have just completed my first year at Berea College and my internship here is a part of my coursework for a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Sweetpotatoes

By |May 22nd, 2017|Wise County Extension|

I’m a sweetpotato fan.  My grandfather would always grow about an acre of them, and at harvest time, he’d pull a green Army surplus trailer with a white star through the field while cousins and aunts and uncles loaded up the harvest.  Then we’d haul them all to the cellar. Today, I’ve been distributing slips

Cultivating new market vendors

By |April 22nd, 2017|Wise County Extension|

Earlier this week, the Big Stone Gap Farmers’ Market Board hosted a vendor workshop, and a couple of our Grow Appalachia participants – new gardeners – were able to attend.  The audience learned about weight and measures from a Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Science representative, and then Emily Wells, Wise County Extension Agent

Falling into place

By |March 22nd, 2017|Wise County Extension|

Happy Spring, folks. Apple grafting workshop   I’m glad to have Wise County back in the Grow Appalachia fold again.  We did some community garden development back in 2014, but now we’re working with twenty families in developing or expanding their home gardens.  We’ll be continuing the community gardens as well (quite possibly