Albemarle County/City of Charlottesville Staff
Albemarle County/City of Charlottesville Staff

The Albemarle County/Charlottesville office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Albemarle County/Charlottesville improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (434) 872-4580
Fax: (434) 872-4578
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Virginia Cooperative Extension Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially established the National Cooperative Extension System. Activities are being planned throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia to commemorate the centennial in 2014. Events will be held in local communities, recognition of our Extension volunteers, and even a Virginia Cooperative Extension Day on May 8! Check this site frequently for periodic centennial updates and articles about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and events.

National Restaurant Association Food Safety Certification, Two-Day Classes

When: January 20th & 27th, 2015

Where: Albemarle County Office Building, 1600 5th Street Extended, 2nd Floor Training Room, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $150

Registration Deadline: January 13th, 2015

National Restaurant Association Food Safety Certification Brochure and Application (PDF | 289KB)

2015 Master Food Volunteer Training

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering a four day Master Food Volunteer certification training for residents of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Greene counties! The trainings will be held in Harrisonburg, VA to accommodate for other participants coming from northern Virginia, the specific class location is still TBD.

What does a Master Food Volunteer Do?

Support Family & Consumer Sciences agents with education and outreach:

  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Health fairs
  • Nutrition and cooking classes for children, adults, parents, and seniors
  • Farmers’ market displays
  • Education at food distribution sites
  • In-school and afterschool programs
  • Many more activities involving health and nutrition outreach!

What to Expect

  1. Apply for and complete a four-day Master Food Volunteer Training course.
  2. Identify volunteer opportunities that suit your skills and interests.
  3. Reciprocate 30 hours of service in your county within one year of training.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Food Volunteer, please fill out the attached application and send it in to the Albemarle Cooperative Extension Office or email a scanned copy to

Mailing Address:

Ian Pasquarelli
Virginia Cooperative Extension – Albemarle County Office
460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902

There are a limited amount of spaces available so please get your applications in quickly! The deadline for applications will be January 16th, 2015 and the training will begin on February 12th. Potential volunteers must be interviewed before applications are accepted, and background checks are conducted on all VCE volunteers. If you have any more questions or concerns please feel free to contact Ian R. Pasquarelli, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at or (434) 872-4579. We are excited to be adding some great new volunteers to our VCE family, and can’t wait to begin working with you!

2015 Master Food Volunteer Training Brochure (PDF | 527KB)

Master Food Volunteer Application

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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