WVU Extension Agent –
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Harrison County
Harrison County West Virginia University Extension Agent Larry Campbell is known for having a “green thumb.” However, his work extends far beyond that. Campbell uses his talents to teach, conduct research and impact the local community.
Campbell’s work also allows him to reach audiences that might not otherwise have easy access to the University’s research.
“A member of the local Master Gardener Association and I designed and delivered a horticulture training program for youth inmates at the West Virginia Industrial Home in Salem,” said Campbell. “The program reached a diverse youth population and taught them horticultural skills that could be used for employment upon release back into society.”
The program had a service component as well, using the cultivated produce to fill shelves at local food pantries.
As the facility converted to an adult correctional facility, Campbell saw an opportunity, and established a larger program to start this year for the adult inmates featuring a bigger garden, expanded service to food pantries and local community beautification.
Campbell’s work encompasses more traditional teachings that help community members apply knowledge to programs such as the Master Gardener Association, but that’s not the entirety.
“I am also especially excited about the research work we’ve conducted regarding plant varieties,” said Campbell. “The research helps local growers to not only choose productive plants that work for them, but also the most ideal way to get the highest yield from the plants.”
Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in forestry from WVU and received his master’s of divinity degree from Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. where he specialized in counseling and education.
He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
He is a current member, and previous president of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national Extension Service honorary, and also a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the national honor society of agriculture.
Campbell has also served as the president of the Extension Association of West Virginia. To contact Campbell about any of his programs, call 304-624-8650, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.