West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 AG Commissioner Walt Helmick Visits Belington Elementary to Present 2012 Bonnie Cabbage Contest Award

2/15/2013
Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick presented Belington Elementary student Katelyn Cross with a certificate recognizing her as the Bonnie Plants Third-Grade Cabbage Contest winner February 15, 2013, at a ceremony at the school.

“This is a great example of businesses taking an active involvement in the education of our young people,” said Commissioner Helmick. “We can only move our state forward if we all work together and education is the key to a prosperous West Virgnia.”

In West Virginia, approximately 4,500 students from 75 schools were involved in last year’s contest and Cross was chosen as the winner. She also received a $1,000 savings bond from Bonnie Plants.

“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, while teaching them not only the basics of gardening, but the importance of our food systems and growing our own,” said Bonnie Plants President Stan Cope.

Nationally, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states have gotten hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages. Since 1995, Bonnie has provided free “O.S. Cross” jumbo cabbage plants to students whose teachers have signed up for the program, and has provided the $1,000 savings bond to state winners since 2002.

At the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. That student's name is then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the Commissioner of Agriculture in each of 48 participating states.

Cabbages were the first plant sold by Bonnie in 1918. The cabbages used for the third-grade program are OS Cross (over-sized), which is known for producing giant heads, which makes the process even more exciting for kids.

Bonnie Plants is the largest producer of vegetable and herbs in North America. For more information on the company or the school cabbage program, visit www.bonnieplants.com.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture
304-558-3200