Buckhannon resident making waves at WVU Potomac State

Buckhannon native Jacob Riggleman is making the most of his time as a horticulture major at West Virginia University Potomac State. Here he shows off a bottle of maple syrup he helped tap, cook and bottle.

KEYSER — One local student is making the most of his college career at West Virginia University Potomac State College. 

Jacob Riggleman, a horticulture major from Buchannan is participating in a program to tap 500 of the approximately 5,000 trees located on the college’s farm.

The maple syrup is being bottled through the Indian Water Maple Company.

According to a college release, the late Ed Hartman, of Indian Water Maple Company, and his wife, Karen, contacted PSC SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship) Coordinator Corey Armstrong last year about tapping the many maple trees on the college farm. 

The Hartmans were soon volunteering their time, energy and equipment to help the students get started in their new venture.  

The Agriculture Department is currently selling the maple syrup they produced this year, and anyone interested in purchasing the syrup can contact Andy Walker, Gustafson Farm program coordinator, at 304-257-8131.  

The College will hold an Open House on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. for the Maple Syrup Sugar Shack as well as the new Farm Store.  Both are located across the road from the Gustafson Farm off of Parkview Drive in Keyser. 

The public in invited to attend the Open House and sample the various products for sale.

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