West Virginia University’s Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center in Jefferson County was established in 1930 and is administered by the Division of Plant and Soil Science in the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences. Faculty members at the Center usually have joint appointments in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design and the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.
It is one of nine farms and forests of the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The Center includes 158 acres of mixed tree fruit plantings and corn rotation, a modern laboratory and classroom building, a historic farm house, a greenhouse, graduate student housing and equipment buildings. Orchard plantings on the site include apple trellis systems established more than 30 years ago. Most of the site is devoted to research plantings, with numerous orchard blocks established specifically for investigations in the areas of entomology and plant pathology.
The mission of the Fruit Center is to serve the commercial tree fruit industry of West Virginia, over 95% of which is located in the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, Hampshire and Morgan. This is currently accomplished by conducting research in plant pathology at the Fruit Center and in grower orchards, and by providing educational programs for fruit growers. Educational programs consist of fruit schools, grower meetings, tours, publications (including a biweekly newsletter) and diagnostic services.