Agriculture & Natural Resources
Welcome to your Berkeley County Office for WVU Extension’s Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) Unit. Your county Extension Agent is Dr. Mary Beth Bennett.
The primary mission of the ANR program is to assist owners and users of West Virginia’s natural resources to gain competitive social and economic benefits from these resources. The Unit, through research and experience-based information, will empower the stewards and users of West Virginia landscapes to manage the agriculture, forests, water, soil, wildlife, and other natural resources in a sustainable manner that will satisfy the needs of the current and future generations.
Like so much of West Virginia’s agriculture districts, Berkeley County is home to many small farms producing diverse commodities from fruit, vegetables & flowers, bees & honey, grains & hay, to beef, pork, dairy products, poultry & eggs. Diverse small farms also help West Virginia wildlife access diverse habitats of fields & hedgerows, orchards, woodlands and streams to live, forage and raise young.
Whether you are a back yard gardener, an orchardist or a farmer, our primary focus is to be your local connection to up-to-date agricultural and natural resources information. Call us at 304-264-1936 or send email to Dr. Bennett.
Visit our News, Information & Updates page for the most current listing of events going on in and around Berkeley County and other timely announcements – this page is updated several times a week. And visit Dr. Bennett’s Farm & Garden page at Home Gardens to read her regular (and seasonal) articles and get weekly garden tips.
Berkeley County by the numbers – From the USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture
Number of farms: 676
Land in farms: 70,089 acres
Market Value of Products Sold: $30,545,000
State Ranking in Apple Production: 1
County Population: 108,000
Square Miles: 322