WVU Extension Agent –
Agriculture & Natural Resources, Roane County
From bees to beef, Brandy Brabham has always believed in the power of agriculture. The Roane County native regularly generates buzz for her active role in educating community members on topics from protecting pollinators to food preservation.
Brabham, West Virginia’s 2010 National Association of Community Agriculture Agents Achievement Award winner for the state, earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources from Berea College in Kentucky in 2000. She later received her master’s in organizational and corporate communications from WVU in 2002.
Brabham is no stranger to the world of Extension. A lifelong 4-H member, Brabham was a 4-H program assistant in WVU Extension Service’s Roane County Office in 2000. She served there for two and a half years before taking a job as a statistical assistant for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
She brought her newly gained experience and outlook back to WVU Extension Service in 2007. Since then, Brabham has presented on numerous notable topics including Venison: Deer from Field to Table, Gardening with Limited Space and Mobility, and Setting Up a Farmers Market—which promotes one of Brabham’s biggest agricultural passions: sustainability.
Always eager to find new ways to conserve the land, Brabham creates opportunities through local events like the Farm and Garden Educational Series to show farmers how to increase the bottom line.
“I’ve worked to strengthen season extension of crops in my region, which has made farmers more profitable. Farmers can capitalize on the early and late season marketing potential at local farmers market, retail outlets and local restaurants, “ she said. “The increase in the amount of quality food grown in the region not only helps the economy, but will ultimately improve the healthy options for local residents.”
A proud representation of women in agriculture, she also conducts research to develop the curriculum for Annie’s Project, a ten-week educational program designed to educate female farmers in the latest management, marketing, budgeting and safety methods while providing valuable networking opportunities.
As the technology and education change, however, Brabham understands that her mission remains constant.
“There is always an opportunity to learn and share information through WVU Extension Service,” she said. “Advocating for sustainable agriculture allows people—from the general public to producers—to see that farming is a vital part of everyday life and an economically viable option for producing income.”
You can reach Brabham by phone at the WVU Roane County Extension Office (304-927-0975) or via email.