Spud Niche: Radio Observatory Land Used to Grow Potatoes
An effort by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to encourage growers to consider potato production has landed at a spot known for its extraterrestrial activity - the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank.
The last of six five-acre plots on observatory property was seeded with potatoes last week.
State Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is promoting the potato as a cash crop. Last year 36 growers in Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne participated.
Green Bank operations director Mike Holstine says the idea to use the land started after a Marlinton supermarket closed in May 2015, leaving the community with one full service grocery.