In 2008, RAIL hosted the Coalfields Agriculture Symposium, a three-week event focused on specialty agriculture that could diversify and strengthen southern West Virginia’s economy. Since then, RAIL has developed community gardens, organized farmers markets, and implemented demonstration and education projects that build on the food and agricultural heritage of Appalachia. Together with our local and regional partners, we’re showing that the local food movement has a place in Wyoming County.
The MOC Demonstration High Tunnel
In 2015, volunteers from Mullens and around the country came together to build a season-extending, vegetable-producing high tunnel at the MOC.
Farm to School
RAIL’s AmeriCorps Farm to School program was introduced to Wyoming County schools in 2015. Through the program, youth learned about the importance of local food and assisted in seeding, gardening and harvesting produce.
RAIL provides community gardens to disabled adults in Mullens and surrounding areas. Residents were invited to build raised-bed gardens, and learned how to plant, grow and harvest crops.