April – October 2023  The RURAL Farm Trainee Program

This summer has been packed full with learning and activities. Trainees began the season in April preparing the raised bed garden and high tunnels for planting.  We raised several new vegetables in the high tunnels this year including parthenogenic eggplant, zucchini, and cucumbers.  We also planted three beds of sweet potatoes and white onions and both were very successful.  Over 100 bags of fresh vegetables, food staples, and recipes were delivered to patients at Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  Trainees also expanded their skills with craft making including polymer clay beads, handmade soaps, natural dyes, and rigid heddle loom weaving.  

May – October 

We had some great farm tours this year and made some new friends from Doddridge County Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Grafton High School.  We also welcomed back students from Corridor Chapter Autism Society and the Disability Action Center’s Camp-Can-Do. 


We held our annual BBQ Dinner on Saturday, August 12 and it was a great success.  We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported Homestead Farm Center, those that donated gifts and prizes for our raffles, and our hard working board members, volunteers and staff.  Special thanks to Jacob Green and Joe Manchin for providing the live music for the event.  Next year will be the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, tentatively scheduled for August 10, 2024! 

Upcoming Events at Homestead Farm Center

Day at the Farm

Join us the 3rd Saturday of September, December, March and April. for classes featuring crafts and homesteading skills. See our Program Page for the schedule.

Contact HFC to register

Spring Lambfest

May 11, 2024 from 10-1.  A fun family event featuring crafts, cookies, and plant sales, carnival games for kids, and a chance to meet our new spring lambs. FREE ADMISSION!

Fall Festival at the Farm

November 4, 2023 from 10-12

Come out to the farm to visit Tom the Turkey, enjoy some festive craft activities, hot cocoa and apple cider, and visit our sheep in their winter coats. FREE ADMISSION!





1039 Burns Farm Road, Grafton, WV 26354