Language Interpretation Services Now Available
If you have limited English skills, do not let that stop you from visiting an Extension office. If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English, our staff can serve you by connecting you to one of our Extension agents through a telephone-based interpreter. Interpretation for more than 200 languages is provided. This service is free to our clients. Read more
Here is your chance to polish your green thumb and serve your community: Become a Master Gardener!
Join us for the fall info sessions about enrolling for 2017. Master Gardener program enrollment for 2017 begins October 1 and the Virginia Cooperative Extension of Charlottesville and Albemarle County invites you to attend one of three information sessions on how to become a Master Gardener.
Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their surroundings and the quality of life affected by our landscapes, local parks and trails, water quality, and more. After attending approximately 70 hours of horticulture training, Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices in the community through outreach education, ultimately making our community a better place.
Volunteer activities include hosting workshops, youth development through gardening, horticultural therapy projects, giving lectures, educational demonstration gardens, answering the community’s gardening questions, and more. Being a Master Gardener is a great way to develop skills and give back.
To find out more about the Master Gardener Program and how to enroll, come to an information session at these locations…
Central Library McIntyre Room – downtown Charlottesville
October 11 from 12-1 pm
Albemarle County Office Building, 1600 5th Street Ext., Room C
October 19 from 12-1 pm
Northside Library Meeting Room – 705 Rio Rd W, Charlottesville
November 4 from 12-1 pm
2016 Virginia Pesticide Disposal Program
This program is for the disposal of unwanted and outdated pesticides currently stored by agricultural producers, licensed pesticide businesses, certified applicators, golf courses and homeowners.
2016 Virginia Pesticide Disposal Program Brochure and Registration (PDF | 2MB)
Albemarle’s International Farmer’s Market
The International Rescue Committee works to improve the lives of refugees in the Charlottesville area and provide them with access to nutritious foods.
The IRC sponsors the New Roots program, in which refugees from countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Ethiopia, Syria and Colombia have the opportunity to grow produce for their homes and to sell in local farmers’ markets.
Produce from the New Roots farm is sold at the Michie Market on Michie Drive on Thursday evenings and the first and third Saturdays of each month during the City Market season. New Roots farmers also sell their produce to local restaurants, including Orzo.
Ian Pasquarelli, a family and consumer sciences agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, was at the Michie Market with two interns doing cooking demonstrations for a fennel and fruit salad.
“Our main goal is to take fruits and vegetables that are being sold [in the Michie Market] and use them in a recipe and incorporate different food items — maybe food items [customers] may not be as familiar with and things that grow well here in Virginia — so we’ve got peaches here today,” he said.
To read more about the Michie Market on Thursday evenings, see the rest of the article online at: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/24598-refugees-finds-new-roots-in-charlottesville/.
Ask a Local Expert
Submit your questions to our office to learn about programs in, or to get questions answered about –
If you’re not sure who to contact, please drop a line to our front office and Nancy will be able to direct you to the right person.
Monthly Horticulture Tip Sheets: Get the scoop on what to do and when!
These tip sheets give you the low down on what exactly to do during each month – to help keep your landscape, lawn, indoor house plants and more - green and growing!
Monthly Horticulture Tip Sheets
Situation Analysis Report
Virginia Cooperative Extension takes pride in the premise that vital programming is based on the issues, problems, and needs of the people. A thorough analysis of the situation provides context for understanding and addressing these problems. Each local office updates their situation analysis every 4-5 years.
Situation Analysis Report, Albemarle County / City of Charlottesville, 2013