Starcher to serve as food hub director at Potomac State College

Stephen Starcher has accepted a position as the new food hub director at West Virginia University (WVU) Potomac State College.  In this position, Starcher will teach several courses in the sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship (SAGE) major; serve as coordinator of the SAGE Food Hub Program; collaborate with other growers, vendors and consumers to establish lasting markets; and will also engage and work with other state agencies.

Additionally, Starcher will manage student-run projects that test market viability and economics; and create community events that promote the SAGE program and its students, as well as participation in agricultural-related committees, conferences, and related events as needed, including a leadership role in student advisement and advancement.

Stephen Starcher
Stephen Starcher 

Starcher previously served as an extension agent in agriculture and natural resources with WVU Extension Service; as a watershed technician design specialist, a conservation design specialist, and a watershed technician, all with the WV Conservation Agency; and as a landscaper with Jettree Landscaping.  

Starcher earned both his master’s degree in agriculture, and his bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from WVU.  He earned his associate degree in forest resource management from Potomac State College. 

Starcher has extensive experience in project management, field assessment and agricultural best management practices; as well as construction oversight of stream restoration projects, including surveying, designing, and the construction of the project.

He has taken numerous continuing education classes and has frequently attended conferences and symposiums to stay informed of industry changes.

Starcher is the son of Nancy and the late Don Starcher, who was employed in the Ag Department at the College for 24 years.  He and his wife, Valerie, have three boys - Don, Reed, and Jacob.