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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Situation Analysis Reports

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 Reports

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

ServSafe Food Safety Management Courses

This 16-hour Food Safety Management Course was developed by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. The text, ServSafe Essentials, is part of the Foundation’s food safety program. After completing the classroom work, participants take a national certification exam developed by the Educational Foundation.

The ServSafe Course is for:

  • Managers of food service operations for hotels, restaurants, schools, clubs and institutions.
  • Food and Beverage Managers
  • Catering Managers
  • Chefs
  • Dietary Managers

Course Fee: The cost of the course is $150, if registered by the deadline. The fee includes textbook, exam and certification. The fee for registering after the deadline or on-site is $170.


ServSafe Online Registration

Backyard Woods Workshops

Do you have some woods or a few acres you’d like to be a natural area? While you may enjoy your woods for the privacy it offers or knowing that it gives a home to some wildlife, it can be much more! You can influence what happens in your natural area by better understanding what you have, what you want and available tools to help you accomplish your goals. For example, did you know that by selecting certain trees for firewood, you can improve wildlife habitat, scenic values and regenerate young trees, all at the same time?

A full day workshop is being offered to equip owners of 1-10 acres to learn how to manage existing natural areas and or create new natural areas. The workshop will use the latest edition of the award winning manual, The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home. This full-color 108-page workbook helps woodland owners identify goals for their land, and walks through the steps to success. Whether you are interested in converting lawn to forest, creating wildlife habitat, or providing a useful outdoor space for your family, this program is for you.

Backyard Woods Workshops Brochure and Registration (PDF | 502KB)

Cooking for Crowds

Do you: shop, prepare, or serve food to groups of 15 or more children or adults?
Do you: raise money for your local organization by selling food at fairs or street festivals?
Do you: cook and serve food for your school, church or civic group?

Then this class is for you! You can learn:

  • How to prevent foodborne illness from affecting your organization’s events
  • How to use a food thermometer and gloves properly
  • Methods to keep food safe and preparation surfaces clean
  • How to obtain your certificate for use at inspected temporary events

Upcoming Dates

  • May 19th, Scottsville United Methodist Church, 158 Main St., Scottsville, 6-9pm
  • June 20th, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, JABA Room, Stanardsville, 6-9pm

Cooking for Crowds Flyer (PDF | 390KB)

2016 Drinking Water Clinic

Affordable water testing and information about water quality and well and spring care and maintenance will be offered for homeowners through the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Albemarle County/Charlottesville City this May. The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with private water supplies, including wells, springs and cisterns. Drinking water clinics give people with private water systems access to affordable water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about possible treatment options.

2016 Drinking Water Clinic Flyer (PDF | 1MB)

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.

Extension Ag News

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