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.
VCE Chesapeake Recognized
Chesapeake City Council recently recognized the Chesapeake Extension Office upon its 100th Year anniversary of the founding of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Read more....
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.
Pest Management Guides Available
The 2014 version of Virginia Cooperative Extension's Pest Management Guides are now available on our website. The guides cover Field Crops, Home Grounds and Animals, and Horticultural and Forest Crops.