Sustainable Farming & Coal Mining Charleston, WV

The Charleston, WV trip offers participating students the opportunity to engage in hands-on service work with members of the Charleston community. This trip works primarily with the Kanawha County Agricultural Extension Agent on projects surrounding urban farming and nutrition.


Particular emphasis will be placed on learning about the area's rich and complex coal mining history as well as nutritional issues in Charleston while working with youth populations in settings such as child care centers and community gardens. Students will hear from local experts with varying opinions on questions such as: What are the benefits of coal mining? What are the environmental costs of mining? Students will need to be prepared to hear competing viewpoints, to have their assumptions challenged, and to learn about an area of the United States with a unique and important cultural heritage.

Questions or comments? Please contact Jenny Davidson, Coordinator of Student Service Learning, at jdavidson@wlu.edu or 540-458-4669.

Maximum Number of Participants: 15