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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 WVDA to Kick Off Statewide Farm to School Initiative at Preston High Lunch Event

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will kick off a statewide Farm to School initiative during a “West Virginia Grown” luncheon at Preston High, Friday, September 13. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick – along with numerous state, county and education officials – will be on hand to take part in the celebration. Cafeteria lunches Friday will include “West Virginia Grown” hamburger, broccoli, potatoes and hamburger buns made from locally grown and ground wheat.

The school plans to have West Virginia Grown items on the menu every day in the coming school year. WVDA officials are working with local farmers to produce cold-weather crops and to ensure adequate meat production to meet school needs. About half of the 1,600 students at Preston High eat hot lunch.

“We have worked hard with Preston County to get this program moving and it’s the type of system we would like to see imitated throughout West Virginia,” said Commissioner Helmick.

“West Virginia farmers have a receptive, but untapped, market in county school systems. Feeding West Virginia students West Virginia food is a win-win. Students eat fresher food, farmers receive more income, and we grow the state’s economy in the process,” he added.

County school systems spend approximately $100 million each year feeding students. The vast majority of those dollars buy goods that were produced outside of West Virginia.

Given that West Virginia produces just under $500 million in agricultural goods each year, sales to school systems could represent a major windfall for farmers.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture