Charleston, WV - You’re invited! The State Fair of West
Virginia, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture
(WVDA) and Farm Credit of the Virginias, is hosting a farm to table dinner
and a movie. On Thursday, January 18th, 2018, a showing of the new documentary Farmers
for America, narrated by Mike Rowe, will be shown at the State Fair of
West Virginia’s Underwood Youth Center. A dinner, featuring locally sourced
foods, will accompany the showing. The will dinner begin at 6:00 p.m.
feed the world. The bad news is the average age of these farmers is now over
60 years old. At the same time, the United States has lost half of its
farmers in the last 25 years,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent
Leonhardt. “This documentary highlights the struggles, as well as the hope
for the future of farming in our country.”
Calvin Riggleman, of
Bigg Riggs Farm in Augusta, WV, is featured in the documentary. Calvin is a
retired United States Marine who started farming when he returned from his
service overseas. He now sells various vegetables, fruits, sauces and
moonshine at markets in West Virginia as well as Washington D.C. He was also
the first West Virginia veteran farmer to be approved for the national
Homegrown By Heroes branding.
Tickets are $15 per
person. To attend, please call the State Fair of West Virginia, 305-645-1090
or Farm Credit of the Virginias, 304-645-1575.