Chesapeake Staff
Chesapeake Staff

The City of Chesapeake 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 City of Chesapeake improve their lives.

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

310 Shea Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (757) 382-6348
Fax: (757) 382-6665
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Private Well Water Testing Clinic

Register to have your private well water tested this summer at our clinic in Chesapeake.  After registering, you will attend your choice of a morning (July 27th) or an evening (July 28th) session at Central Library to pick up your water testing kit and hear more about how to sample your water.  We will explain some of the things the test will reveal about your water.  On July 29th you will drop off your water sample for us to transport to our laboratory at Virginia Tech where the analysis will be run.  On August 27, you will pick up your test results at Central Library at a morning or evening session where we will explain the results of your water test.  The cost is $49 per sample.  Download our brochure to read more details.

Chesapeake 2015 Summer Camp

Junior Camp is open to all youth 9-13 (at least 9 years old by September 30, 2015).   Youth whose 13th birthday is after January 1, 2015 but before October 1, 2015 may enroll as a camper.   This year's camp will be the week of August 10th in Wakefield, Va.   Register your child today by downloading our brochure.   It may be mailed to us with the $100 deposit to secure a spot at camp.    

The Signs of Spring

It's Spring !  

Soil Testing:  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.  

Vegetable Planting Dates:  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.     

Rain Barrel Workshops: 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.   

Plant A Row: 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.  

Farmers' Market: 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.