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The event began in 2014 as a collaborative effort between these two agencies, along with several partners. Since its earliest days, the event has continuously grown to become West Virginia’s resource for urban agriculture information and education. In 2018, we added a Community Expo component, welcoming a variety of vendors and exhibitors with goods, services and information.

Any of the following audiences should consider attending:

  • Community Leaders
  • Farmers
  • Gardeners
  • Downtown Dwellers
  • Hobbyists
  • Homesteaders
  • Agricultural Agencies
  • Educators
  • Caregivers & Kids
  • Conservationists
  • and anyone from novice growers to professional producers!

Chicken Stu is the Urban Ag Conference & Community Expo’s official “spokes-chicken.” You’ll recognize Stu’s likeness in our logo and through his rather active social media presence. Stu’s story began with the inaugural conference, when he was just a regular farm bird longing to visit the city. Stu set up a Twitter account and began tweeting (or rather “clucking”) his journey from the farm to Charleston, where he met all kinds of folks interested in urban farming and gardening. He even got to hang out with then-Governor Earl Ray Tomblin!

Every year, Chicken Stu returns with a new and creative way to promote the event. Along the way, he has gotten into some trouble with the “law,” starred in his own series of films, and became a balloon. For 2020, Stu has gone musical, paying homage to Woodstock with this year’s theme, “Chickenstock!” (Rumor has it, Chicken Stu is also getting his own children’s book!)

Be sure to follow Chicken Stu’s adventures @StuUrbanAgWV.

Our spokes-chicken, Chicken Stu, is a very smart bird when it comes to agricultural education. The Stu-Approved stamp lets you know that a workshop is an affiliate of the educational initiatives hosted by conference planners and partners.