Laurel Fork Farm operates the 200 acre educational farm that surrounds the BnB. There are many educational experiences available organized by the WV School of Traditional Skills a 501(c)(3) organization. Most on farm experiences are $30.00 per person or $90 for a group of 4. Prices vary according to supplies needed.
Experience West Virginia during your stay at Laurel River Club Bed & Breakfast or make a reservation for one of our experiences that is open to the public! Some experiences may be seasonal or only available to guests of the BnB. Contact us for availability to sign up.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and help provide experiential education to more people. Your generous donation will fund our mission to teach traditional skills to as many people as we can.
Unlike anything you will experience anywhere else, our Hawk Walk will take you through the countryside with a licensed master class falconer. (Available September - April) The Raptor Experience, is during months that the birds may be molting (shedding and growing in new feathers) and are on break from flying. (May - August). Both will allow a personal experience as the Laurel Fork Falconer will introduce you to a raptor and demonstrate what it's like to work with one of these magnificent birds. One Hour walk or 2 hour walk and demonstration. Call for Reservation
Gathering fresh food from the garden or off the land is our specialty, country cooking with as many fresh from the farm ingredients we can grow or find in the wild is our passion. Learn how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve your own food. Private or group sessions.
Home to one of the largest and darkest skysheds on the East Coast, West Virginia is the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the beauty of the star-studded skies. Just last year, Travel + Leisure dubbed the state as “the most under-the-radar stargazing destination in the U.S.”
The Star Gazing Glamping Dome is an experience you will never forget! Tranquility at its best, totally off grid so you won't be distracted by "normal life." Set on a wooden platform in the middle of a hayfield, perfect for stargazing out the clear top or outside on the platform. Your chance to sleep under the stars in any of the four seasons WV has to offer. Wood stove, propane grill, fire pit, telescope, queen sized bed, and lots of nature!
Learn to make jelly with produce from this farm! What can you make into Jelly? The difference between Jelly, Jam, and Preserves. Who doesn't want to make Jelly?!! Then you get to eat it on fresh bread!
A salve is basically just something applied topically to heal the skin. It can be a balm, ointment, or cream. They are made with oils and waxes to create a semi-solid material. To keep them shelf stable and thick, there typically isn’t any liquid content, except when a small amount of tincture is added.
Scientists, nutritionists, and health experts all agree that naturally-fermented sourdough bread is healthier than 'regular' white or whole wheat bread – for a multitude of reasons! Sourdough is more nutritious, easier to digest, and has a lower glycemic index. Sourdough also contains less gluten than other bread. Learn how to work with sour dough starter and make bread. (Seasonal)
Homemade biscuits are a staple food in West Virginia! Learn how to make biscuits and then teach someone else!! (Everyone will want to know how you do it!)
Just like biscuits, homemade bread and rolls are a staple food in West Virginia! Learn how to make bread and then teach someone else!! (Everyone will want to know how you do it!)
Horse Therapy is one of the many things you can find to do on the farm! Learn how to safely be around a horse, grooming, feeding and caring for them, but best of all you get to interact with them in a way that most people don't get too. We do not allow riding on our horses at this time.
Enjoy crafting with things found in nature. Take a nature hike and gather everything you need to make the perfect keep sake from Jenningston WV.
Picture this: mountains beside you, grass below you, and a gleaming starry-night sky above. There’s a reason West Virginia is known as Almost Heaven. Here, you can get back to the basics and marvel at the natural beauty of a dark sky. West Virginia is home to showstopping stargazing spots with some of the clearest night skies east of the Mississippi. If you’re looking for an otherworldly experience, you’ll find that and more in a wide-open West Virginia sky.
Freeze Drying is one of the ways we preserve our harvest and supply our hikers and sportsman with light weight snacks and food for their adventures. We do demonstrations and can help you aquire and set up your own Harvest Right freeze dryer.
Laurel Fork Farm Grows most of the food for the BnB. Learn the ins and outs of planting, how much to plant and when to plant. We are happy to share how we plant our garden and share our gardening secrets. This is a seasonal activity of course, but we garden throughout the year to provide a Farm-to-Table experience for our guests.
You've grown it, so when do you harvest it? How can you tell when it's ready to be picked? We'll teach you how to know when the time is right and how to harvest without hurting the plants future production.
Can, freeze, dehydrate, or freeze dry? Which is best for each food as well as for your needs. We not only love to preserve food, we love to teach others how to do it as well!
Dogs and cats will greet you and go on walks with you. They love people! Inside or out you will often find a furry friend waiting for a pet. You can learn some tips and tricks to teach your own pets.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years. Not only does it have the same health benefits as tea — it's also rich in beneficial probiotics. Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight several diseases. Learn how to make your own Kombucha.
Great for individuals or small groups this presentation will allow you to learn and ask questions as you get first-hand experience with a magnificent bird of prey.
Presented by The Laurel Fork Falconer, a licensed master class falconer. Ask about scheduled presentations when you check in.
Right out our back door, you will find the Dry Fork River which is a wonderful place to relax or cool off in the refreshing mountain water. The Dry Fork is a 39.1-mile-long tributary of the Black Fork of the Cheat River in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, USA. Via the Black Fork, the Cheat, and the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.
WVSTS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) That uses creation to reconnect people with nature and learn skills that aren't readily taught these days. As a guest at LRCBNB you have the unique opportunity to join in on many of the experiences that have been planned by the school. Ask what is available upon check-in. Not a guest of LRCBnB, you can still participate, just check our calendar to see which experiences are open to the public or give us a call.
The Allegheny Trail is a 287.81-mile north-south trail with its northern terminus on the Mason-Dixon Line at the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border near Bruceton Mills. It wends its way south until it meets the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain at the Virginia-West Virginia border. Crosses through BnB property.
Even if you've never held a fishing pole before we have a fishing experience for you! Expert guide, and all around outdoorsman, Kendall will make sure you experience WV fishing!
Professional photographer or not this walk will help you get pictures that most people never get the opportunity to experience. Our guide will put you in the "right" spot to get a great picture.
Part of our Forest Farming project, learn how to make Mountain Medicine. Learn some of the traditions of West Virginia and how to live well in the country.
First and foremost this is a working farm. Although we give our animals a wonderful life with as much natural habitat and love that we can give, these animals also provide food for many people. The perspective of this class is sustainable farming and clean food.
Sauerkraut is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid formed when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage leaves. It is one of the best-known national dishes in Germany. Sauerkraut is easy to make and is recommended for curious DIY-ers, and with good reason, it requires very little special equipment, and the results are dependably delicious.
Are chickens for you? Do you want fresh eggs or meat, perhaps both? In this experience, you will learn what it takes to own chickens for production and what you will need to get started with chickens for your family.
Forest farming is the intentional cultivation of edible, medicinal or decorative specialty crops beneath native or planted woodlands that are managed for both wood and understory crop production. It does not include the gathering of naturally-occurring plants from native forests, also known as wildcrafting. Forest farming can provide profitable opportunities for forest and woodland owners, nut growers, sugar maple growers, and herb growers.
Thanks to Mountain State Honey, we provide fresh off this farm honey for our guests and sell it in our gift shop as well. You can actually observe the bees and see what they are up to! There are several active hives within walking distance of the BnB.
Not only can you learn how to hunt and fish with Laurel Fork Outfitters, but now you can learn how to cook what you hunt or catch during your stay! We will help you butcher your kill and then cook it up for you too. Learn the whole process or just the cooking part.
Call and let us know what level of internship you are interested in, fill out an application and you could become a farm hand in no time!
On the breeding grounds, this species requires expansively forested landscapes comprised of young forests and shrubland patches used for nesting that are interspersed among a diversity of other forest age-classes that are used to raise fledglings. Early successional habitat in the bird’s breeding range, the Upper Midwest and Appalachian Mountains, has declined over the past 50 years as aging forests have come to dominate huge expanses. Both game and non-game species that rely on younger forests are in decline, including the golden-winged warbler, which has suffered a 66 percent population decline since the 1960s. This major shift in the age classes of forests is the result of a lack of fires that occurred historically and unsustainable forestry practices that do not result in healthy, structurally diverse forests.Most of the golden-winged warbler’s nesting habitat falls on private lands, including Appalachia where 80 percent of forestland is privately owned. Landowners are helping the at-risk bird and many associated wildlife species by voluntarily improving the health and diversity of their forests. Forest landowners in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are helping the golden-winged warbler rebound by voluntarily conserving habitat on their land. We are proud to say we are working to help with this effort. For more information check out the link below. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/plantsanimals/fishwildlife/?cid=stelprdb1046990
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