Charleston Job Corps Center

Modern Men volunteer at Urban Agriculture Conference, Expo

June 11th, 2019

Students learn about urban gardening
Members of Charleston Job Corps’ student group “Modern Man” volunteered at the West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference and Community Expo May 3-4, held on the campus of West Virginia State University.
Ten club members served as proctors during the two-day event under the supervision of Jeremy Brannon of the West Virginia State University Extension Service. The club members were accompanied by Business Community Liaison Nancy Shepherd.
Modern Man members who participated were Jihad Monroe, Raevon Wofford, Terrence Doutrive, Alezander Howell, Maverick Clay Jr., Gage Rodriguez, Dalton DiPhillipino, Deon Odom, Taveon Newby, Elliott Colon and Isaiah Faison.
The annual event focused this year on urban gardening education, information and resources for everyone from backyard hobby gardeners to professional farmers and agricultural workers. Sessions focused on meat production, food safety, small orchard management, rain barrels, raising chickens and more.
“This year’s event focused on community,” said Dr. Annette Ericksen, assistant program director for agriculture and natural resources with WVSU Extension Service. “Through our partners and vendors, we are highlighting services available to people interested in starting new businesses, growing their own vegetables or just taking charge of their food, nutrition and overall health.
Students from Modern Man were happy to provide their services and learn about gardening and agriculture. Most of these students are from inner cities and felt they would have never been exposed to the information and resources provided had it not been for volunteering at this event.