Marsha and Kendall Waybright of Laurel River Club Bed & Breakfast, in Jenningston, will be partnering with several entities, such as the WV Forest Farming Initiative, Mountain Medicine Trail, Yew Mountain Center, WV DNR Wild Yards Program, WVU Extension, Eastern College, 4-H groups, and more to host West Virginia School of Traditional Skills Takes Root.
The first program, Grape Pruning, kicked off on March 6. Upcoming programs will get participants into the garden and involve seed starting and planting. There is a high tunnel to be tilled and planted as well as the garden, a Mountain Medicine Trail to work on, a botanical garden, an herb garden, some thornless blackberries to be planted, the Golden Winged Warbler Project, and lots more.
Workshops are open to guests of the B&B and the public. All ages are welcome and many of the programs are free, while some require a fee. Registration is required for programs in which materials are provided.
Jodi Richmond, WVU Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources. Comprised of a 17-session online training program, participants receive 15 hours of instruction in a variety of topics such as botany, plant propagation, soil science and nutritional management, vegetable gardening, tree fruits, landscape design, woody ornamentals, and West Virginia native plants. After completing 40 hours of initial volunteer work, participants then earn the WVU Extension Master Gardener certification.
For more information on upcoming classes, please visit www.lrcbnb.com or call (304) 402-7095.