Our Training Farms and Services
We are operating seven farms across four counties in Southern West Virginia. Three farms are currently in operation. These farms serve as training sites for our crew members and members of the community. We work with a wide variety of partners on these sites to develop cost-effective production techniques that can be readily adopted by producers in the coalfields while also providing fresh, affordable food for communities.
West Edge Factory (Wayne County)
Our West Edge urban farm is a year-round diversified vegetable farm located at the West Edge Factory in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington. Our facilities include two repurposed high tunnels, an indoor microgreens room, and multiple cold storage rooms and a loading dock for our food hub. We often hold public workshops at this location on topics ranging from high tunnel production to wholesale grading to microgreens production.
Hamlin (Lincoln County)
We operate a year-round diversified farm at Lincoln County High School in partnership with the Lincoln County High School FFA program. This farm includes a hydroponic tomato greenhouse, another greenhouse used for spring and fall plant sales, 2 high tunnels used for vegetable production, an aquaculture facility, and pastured poultry production. Our partnership allows high school students, community members, and Refresh Appalachia crew members to have training on a diverse set of production techniques. Some products from these operations are sourced to the local school.
Williamson (Mingo County)
In partnership with the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, we are developing a large hydroponic greenhouse on the roof of the former Legion building in downtown Williamson. This greenhouse will produce a variety of leafy green products that will supply the local food market in Williamson in addition to our regional food hub.
Fort Gay Agriculture Facility (Wayne County)
Currently in development, the Fort Gay Agriculture Facility will be operated by the Wayne County Farmers Cooperative, Refresh Appalachia, and potentially Wayne County Schools students. Our partnership is currently developing multiple high tunnels on the property of the old Fort Gay elementary school. Area farmers will be able to drop off their produce, have it processed and stored as necessary. The facility will operate as a pick up
point for Refresh Appalachia, ACCESS WV and other entities to deliver products to appropriate markets with a warehouse space and a loading dock.
Mobile Poultry Processing Program (Southern West Virginia)
Thanks to a partnership between Refresh Appalachia, the West Virginia Farmers Market Association, CSX and the Conservation Fund, two Mobile Poultry Processing Units are available for rental in Southern WV to help farmers process their own chickens on their farms.
Federal law and West Virginia state law allows farmers to process up to 20,000 of their own chickens per year on the farm where the chickens were raised, if the poultry are to be marketed within the state. It’s your responsibility to make sure you follow federal, state and local laws.