Bedford County Administration Building
Bedford County Administration Building

The Bedford County 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 Bedford County improve their lives.

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

122 East Main Street
Bedford County Administration Building
Suite 102
Bedford, VA 24523

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (540) 586-7675
Fax: (540) 586-4214
Contact Us

Bedford County
eXtension - more mind reach
Hot Topics

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.

Bedford Area Farmers' Markets

Bedford is fortunate to have four Farmers' Markets at various times throughout the week. Check here for dates, times, locations, contacts.

Download market applications, etc. at:

Bedford Community Issues Assessment

The mission of Virginia Cooperative Extension is to develop educational programs based on locally identified issues.  To assess the needs of our communities, each Extension office conducts a situation analysis.  The most recent analysis was completed in early December 2013.  To read the full report, click here

Bedford Family Farm Tour

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Saturday, August 16, 2014.  Join us at Russell Farm in Forest. 

Canning Workshops at Forest Farmers' Market

Anyone wishing to learn how and when to use the proper canning method or to update their knowledge on canning should attend!  For more information and a registration form

Horticulture for the Home Gardener

Grow your horticulture knowledge through our computer-based, self-paced study course.  Get more details

From the Virginia Tobacco Commission

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission is funding grants for the Central Virginia Produce, Livestock, and Feed Storage System Program.  For a informational/educational session schedule as well as more details, click here

Home Water Testing for Bedford Residents

Do you get your water from a well, spring, or cistern?  Learn more about the quality and safety of your water!  For more details and a registration form. ..


This program is recognized by more jurisdictions than any other manager food safety program – the most widely accepted food safety program among local, state and federal health departments!!!  

The basics. . .   To register. . .   Directions. . .

Youth Livestock Fun Show

First time ever at Sedalia Fair!! For more information and rules/regs. . .  Poultry entry criteria  Produce/Egg entry criteria

2015 Bedford Master Gardener Training

Become a Virginia Cooperative Extension--Bedford Master Gardener Volunteer!  Extension’s Volunteer Master Gardener Program is an educational opportunity unlike any other.  Participants are trained by Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide an effective network of gardening programs and activities to enhance their communities, protect the environment, and educate others. Volunteering as an Extension Master Gardener provides individuals with unlimited opportunities to increase their horticultural knowledge and experience. Come, join us!!  Course Overview  Application