Option 1: Fruits of Labor Recovery Program Fruits of Labor is where the fruits of the earth meet the fruit of the spirit. Fruits of Labor’s mission is to develop a sustainable agricultural model to inspire small Appalachian farms to realize a profit in food production while retaining the environmental integrity of the land for future generations. Fruits of Labor also works with the Greenbrier County Drug Court to provide culinary training so that they can experience the complete cycle of food production and a spiritual journey for others. Learn how one woman turned something as simple as growing a tomato to giving others a second chance at life. There is also a retreat center which provides a peaceful, natural environment for visitors to come rest, restore, and renew. The seminar will include a tour of the Bakery and training Café, presentation, and demonstration. http://fruitsoflaborinc.com/cafe--bakery.html
Option 2: West Virginia Underground Coal Mine & Tamarack Tour Tour the underground mine, visit the Coal Camp, Museum, and Gift Shop. The hands-on exhibitions and underground coal mining tour offer excellent opportunities for our visitors to learn, explore, interact and share. https://beckley.org/general-information-coal-mine/ Then head to the Tamarack and experience the nation’s first showcase of handcrafts, fine art, and regional cuisine. The Tamarack is a large arts and crafts facility operated as an economic development project to provide WV artisans an opportunity to sell WV crafted products. Metal, apparel, jewelry, souvenirs, wood, glass, furniture, pottery, outdoor decor, fine art, fine craft, musical instrument, music, books, and homemade specialty food items and candies are all on the Tamarack shopping list. Tamarack is the ultimate culinary destination. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the food court ($15.00 voucher will be provided for dinner). https://www.tamarackwv.com/about-us/
Option 3: Greenbank Observatory and Skynet Junior Scholars
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia, US is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. The Green Bank site was part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) until September 30, 2016, and currently serves as the Green Bank Observatory. During this Seminar -On-Wheels, participants will spend the morning exploring the telescope and control rooms where SETI research got its start. After lunch, participants will be trained in the Skynet Junior Scholars 4-H Project Book, a new national curriculum that provides youth with hands-on astronomy activities as well as investigations using research-grade, remotely located, Internet-controlled telescopes. https://greenbankobservatory.org/
Friday, November 8th Post-Conference Seminar
Option 4: Spirits of Southern West Virginia
Appalachia has always been known for its spirits; you will visit three local businesses that have brought flavor as well as an economic boom to the local economy. First, minutes from the Greenbrier, tour Hawk Knob Cidery, West Virginia’s first cidery offering dry aged meads and traditional dry ciders. Next, visit Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, home to several flagship lagers and ales. While at GVBC enjoy a BBQ lunch from a local favorite. Consider the tour at Smooth Ambler Distillery makers of award-winning gin, vodka, rum, and whiskey. Learn about the science of creating spirits matched with mountain traditions. Local businesses will share how they are boosting the economy through connections with local foods and companies. Lunch served.
The Greenbrier's lodging options offer the perfect accommodations ranging from single and double rooms, suites, cottage rentals, and even estate homes. Each option has its own unique characteristics that will make your stay at the Greenbrier unforgettable. Explore all of the lodging options on the Mountain of Opportunity Conference webpage.