Local FFA students receive hands-on training at Willow Bend

By Greenbrier East FFA officers for RealWV, On February 1, students from Mrs. Dunkle’s morning classes at Greenbrier East traveled to the Willow Bend Agriculture Innovation Center for a fun filled day full of learning about sheep. Greenbrier West, James Monroe and Summers County were also in attendance for this event. The day started off […]

Katy McBride honored by Conservation District

Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to conservation are recognized with the Member-at-Large award. This year, Katy McBride was honored with the award. A dedicated NRCS Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist, Katy has worked for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and REIC Labs from 1993 to 1997. She has supported partner  organizations, conducted community outreach, and engaged […]

Locust Legacy Farm awarded Pocahontas County Grassland Farm of the Year

Gary and Connie Cutlip, owners of Locust Legacy Farm, have been named the  2023 Pocahontas County Outstanding Grassland Farmers. The farm, located in  Locust Creek, is a beef cow/calf operation spanning 75 acres. Gary is the fourth generation to work the farm, which was purchased by his great grandfather in  1904. The couple’s daughter, Valerie, lives […]

What is it like being in the Future Farmers of America?

Publisher’s Note: The FFA students at Greenbrier East, under the leadership of Emily Dunkle, expressed interest in providing regular agricultural content for The Real WV. We are proud to partner with them. Their first piece of content is an overview of what they do each year. By the Future Farmers of America, Greenbrier East Chapter […]

Furrow Family Farm awarded Monroe County Farm of the Year

The Furrow Family Farm in Waiteville, West Virginia has been named the 2023 Greenbrier Valley Conservation District Monroe County Farm of the Year. The farm has been in  operation since at least 1842 and is currently owned and operated by John  David Furrow, with assistance from Betty J. Pullig, Brennan Taylour Furrow, and Matt and Amanda Reynolds. […]

From ‘city girl’ to the voice of agriculture’s future: Avery Hodges-McGuffin   

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Avery Hodges-McGuffin is going into the fifth grade at Lewisburg Elementary. After winning an essay contest with the Department of Agriculture, she was selected to serve as Agriculture Commissioner for the day at the State Fair of West Virginia. It wasn’t something her parents saw coming until recently.  “We moved here […]

Full results from the State Fair’s youth rodeo

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV The opening night of the State Fair of West Virginia was all about young people. While one group of teens and twenty-somethings waited in line to see the Yung Gravy concert, another group of teenagers saddled up their horses behind the grandstand in the horse ring. They came to rodeo!  A […]

Jumpin’ Johnny Spangler wins WV Pop-Off

Fifth victory in 2 years leaves competition salty By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV For the fifth time in 12 years, Jumpin’ Johnny Spangler of Monroe County has won the WV Pop-Off. Held in Charleston this February, the contest is hosted by the WVU Extension Service Small Farm office.  “We started it as a way to promote […]

From the farm to the school lunch table

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV January 29, 2023 Jenny Curry, who serves as Director of Food Services for Greenbrier County Schools, remembers the first day they served hamburgers made from local beef in their schools. “My phone rang off the hook all day,” she recalls. “Everyone loved them!” Farm to table Farm to Table is a […]