l to r: Carolyn LaVoie, UAA; Mary Catherine "Kate" Lawrence, ANR Extension Agent; Katherine E. Carter, Unit Coordinator & 4-H Extension Agent
l to r: Carolyn LaVoie, UAA; Mary Catherine "Kate" Lawrence, ANR Extension Agent; Katherine E. Carter, Unit Coordinator & 4-H Extension Agent

The Botetourt 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 Botetourt 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.

Mailing address: PO Box 217
Physical address: 9 West Main Street
Fincastle, VA 24090

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

Main Office: (540) 473-8260
Fax: (540) 473-8379
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Botetourt 4-H CAMP - July 6 - 10, 2015

REGISTRATION BEGINS:  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015  (no registrations will be accepted any earlier)  

Botetourt will be camping with Craig and Rockbridge counties at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, VA the week of July 6 - 10, 2015.  Open to all boys and girls in Botetourt County between the ages of 9 - 13 by September 30, 2015 and age14 on or after January 1, 2015 

Registrations are accepted on a first come - first serve basis.  Space is limited.  NO REFUNDS after May 20, 2015.  

Click here for more information and registration.  

If you have questions and/or need more information, please call (540)473-8260

AGRICULTURE STUDY for Botetourt County ....

Please take a few minutes to complete a short Agriculture survey for Botetourt County. Your input is needed and appreciated for this study!  go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/botetourt_agriculture

Thank you!


at the Eagle Rock Library (55 Eagles Nest Dr, Eagle Rock, VA)  

Saving Seeds (for Beginners), Thursday, April 2, 2015 @ 6 pm -  (Free class)

How to Graft a Fruit Tree, Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 6 pm - ($10 fee for supplies)

Click here for more information about each class

To sign up, please call Eagle Rock Library, (540)884-3880 or Botetourt Extension Office, (540)473-8260

Basics of Safety for Locally Grown Produce

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Catawba Sustainability Center, Catawba, VA

An educational program for food producers covering the basics of local food safety. 

Offered by Botetourt and Roanoke Cooperative Extension and the Catawba Sustainability Center.

Call Kate Lawrence, ANR Associate Extension Agent, Botetourt Office, (540)473-8260 or MCL87@vt.edu to register and for more information.

Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce flyer


Come and join us and learn the basics of raising Backyard Poultry!   

Thursday, April 23, 2015; 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Buchanan Library, 19795 Main Street, Buchanan, VA  24066

Contact the Buchanan Library to let us know you are coming, (540)254-2538

click here for more information


"A program about safety and more..... open to young women in 10th - 12th grades, soon to be in college or living on their own"

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015, 11 AM - 2 PM, Daleville, VA

Click here for more information   Pre-register by April 22, 2015

Botetourt County 4-H Presentation Contest

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:30 pm, Read Mountain Middle School, Cloverdale, VA

Prepare a presentation, give it and be judged.  Everyone receives a ribbon based on the merit of each individuals work.  You compete by age division and category.  This is an excellent opportunity to give a presentation, illustrated talk, or speech in an area that you are interested in.  If you have questions, or need help preparing, call Katherine E. Carter, 4-H Agent, (540)473-8260 or carterke@vt.edu

Click here for entry form and more information.   

All entries due in the Botetourt Extension Office, PO Box 217, Fincastle, VA  24090 by April 10, 2015


May 29 - 30, 2015, Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena, Blacksburg, VA

Exhibitors must be a bona fide 4-H or FFA member from the following counties:  Alleghany, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, or Rockbridge.

Open to youth between the ages of 9 and 19 as of September 30, 2015 and officially enrolled in the 4-H or FFA program from counties listed above. 

Entry Fees:  $10 per entry for Hog, Steer, Heifer, Lamb or Goat

ALL ENTRIES DUE BY MAY 1st, 2015 regardless of species to VCE - Botetourt Office

Click here for all rules, entry forms, fees, etc.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine E. Carter, Botetourt 4-H Associate Extension Agent, carterke@vt.edu or (540)473-8260

4-H Community Clubs in Botetourt County - come and join!

  • 4-H Horse and Pony Club - click here for brochure
  • 4-H Shooting Education Club - click here for brochure
  • 4-H Kids and Critters Club - learn and take care of livestock; learn leadership skills; compete in events; field trips and more! click here
  • 4-H Honey Club - learn about bees and where and how honey is made.  Work with real hives!Click here for brochure


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