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.
The Signs of Spring
It's Spring !
During this time of year a lot of homeowners think about having their soil tested. Soil testing is essential for any farmer or homeowner. The homeowner tests for lawns and gardens cost $10.00. The farmer/commercial operator soil test is free of charge. In both cases, you are responsible for shipping your sample to the soil testing lab in Blacksburg.
If you are trying to start or improve on a vegetable garden, after you receive your soil sample test you can refer to our vegetable planting guide to determine what to plant and when.
Vegetable Planting Dates
If you need perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs and vegetables for your home gardens, our annual Plant Sale is sure to have something that you need.
Whether you start a flower bed or a vegetable garden, you could take advantage of the benefits of using a rain barrel. Attend one of our rain barrel workshops to learn about water conservation and you will also build a rain barrel to use at your home.
Rain Barrel Workshops
Our hope is that you have a plentiful harvest and if you have just too much, please share with those in Chesapeake that are needy. During the months of June - September, the Master Gardeners will collect your donated fruits and vegetables at the Extension Trailer on Tuesdays from 9am - Noon. Even if you are not a fruit or vegetable grower, you may still participate in Plant-A-Row by donating pantry items. All canned and boxed items are welcomed and appreciated.
If you don't create a home vegetable garden, you can still have access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables by visiting Chesapeake's Farmers' Market. It is there that you can experience farmer-to-you seasonal produce that represents some of the best that the agriculture community has to offer. The Farmers' Market will open in June.
2014 4H Summer Camp
It's time for Chesapeake 4H Summer Camp ! If you are, or know of a young person aged 9 years old (by October 1, 2014) and not over 14 years old as of September 30, 2014, they can attend Summer Camp. It is set for the week of July 14th in Wakefield, VA. Please submit your registration form
today to be a part of a memorable camp experience.
2014 Pesticide Classes
There are several Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Classes in the Hampton Roads area scheduled for the coming months. Please contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension office for the specific class you are interested in, if you need further details.
Hampton - March 19, 2014
Portsmouth - April 30, 2014
Chesapeake - June 4, 2014
There is also one Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Training to be held in May in Virginia Beach. If you need to be trained, please register for that class or contact VCE-Virginia Beach if you need further information.