Chesterfield County Extension Staff
Chesterfield County Extension Staff

The Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield 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.

6807 Mimms Loop
P.O. Box 146
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (804) 751-4401
Fax: (804) 751-0515
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Situation Analysis Reports

Virginia Cooperative Extension takes pride in the premise that vital programming is based on the issues, problems, and needs of the people. A thorough analysis of the situation provides context for understanding and addressing these problems. Each local office updates their situation analysis every 4-5 years.

Situation Analysis Reports

Language Interpretation Services Now Available

If you have limited English skills, do not let that stop you from visiting an Extension office. If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English, our staff can serve you by connecting you to one of our Extension agents through a telephone-based interpreter. Interpretation for more than 200 languages is provided. This service is free to our clients. Read more

Chesterfield Backyard Poultry Dine and Discuss Series

Do you own or want to own chickens, turkeys or ducks? 

Are you interested in networking with other small-scale poultry owners?

Having problems with predators? 

Unsure about your bird's nutrition? 

Curious about marketing poultry meat or eggs?

Wondering what could be making your bird sick?

If you answered yes to any of the above, come join us for a 4 part dinner series about backyard poultry. For more info, click here!

Drinking Water Clinics 2016

Chesterfield County Drinking Water Clinics 2016

Does your drinking water come from a well, spring or cistern? You can learn more about the quality

of your drinking water and how to care for your water system by participating in a drinking water clinic.

To learn more about this unique program being offered click here.

Fit Extension Program 2016

Fit Extension,  April 3, 2016 through May 28, 2016, is a Virginia Cooperative Extension state-wide noncompetitive 8-week program to encourage Virginians to improve their exercise habits, diet and overall quality of life in a fun and challenging way. See learn more about this program and to attend the Kick-Off Event, please click here.

Fit Extension

Celebrate Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week, April 24 - 30, 2016, is a great opportunity for individuals to review their financial status, take steps to improve their financial situation and progress toward financial security. For more information on this program and the workshop being offered, please click here. 

Are You Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener?

Am I Master Gardener Material?

Are you looking for a way to improve your community through volunteer service? Do you enjoy teaching and talking to the public? Do you have an interest in horticulture? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, Master Gardener volunteer opportunities may be right for you. For more information, please click HERE

For a Master Gardener application click HERE. 

Free Spring Public Seminars

Spring 2016 Lawn and Garden Seminar Series

Save the date for the following FREE public seminars to the public this coming spring. These seminars take place at Chesterfield Libraries, unless noted. Registration for most can be done by calling the Extension Office at 804-751-4401 or by emailed at: vce@chesterfield.gov unless noted. 

Beekeeping

What:              Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or thinking about starting a backyard beehive, expert instructors will walk you through all of the basic knowledge to start hives in your backyard. This Beekeeping seminar is suitable for both beginners and those with some beekeeping experience.

When:             4/12/2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where:            North Courthouse Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, VA

Contact:         *Space is limited; please call the North Courthouse Library at 804-318-8499          to register for this seminar.

Composting

What:              The secret to successful composting is to select an approach and technique that suits your needs and lifestyle. Your choice will depend on a number of factors. Come and discover what you need to know about composting.

When:             4/12/2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where:            Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street, Chester, VA

Contact:         *Space is limited; please call the Chester Library at 804-318-8977 to register for this seminar.

Small Space Vegetable Gardening

What:              Many folks would love to grow their own fresh vegetables, but perhaps they are short on space and/or time. If you've got space for a pot of flowers on the patio or balcony, then you too can grow vegetables. Learn some tips for creating and stretching a small garden space in this seminar.

When:             4/16/2016 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Where:            LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield, VA

Contact:         Space is limited, Register online at http://goo.gl/forms/OErm5gkGu1 You can also call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.   

Grass Roots & Learn Your Landscape Programs 2016

Healthy Virginia Lawns - Grass Roots Personalized Lawn Care Recommendations

The popular Grass Roots program involves a home visit by a trained Master Gardener Volunteer who will measure your lawn, take a soil sample, and provide personalized recommendations based on a detailed site evaluation. The program fee is $25 and covers the cost of supplies, materials and one soil test. Additional soil samples are $11 each. (Maximum of 3; lawn only) 

For a registration form, please click here

 

Grass Roots

The Learn Your Landscape Program 

This program includes a 1.5-hour onsite evaluation by a trained Master Gardener volunteer to obtain a basic landscape inventory and determine what your needs might be, from growing native plants to having a healthy, sustainable yard and garden. Also included are a follow-up consultation and a personalized reference binder with tips and suggestions. The cost of the program is $30. An option in this program is a in depth wildlife habitat assessment metric in cooperation with the Habitat Partners © Program of the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for those who want to improve their yards to become more habitat healthy in support of desirable wildlife with recommendations of Virginia native plants. 

For a Learn Your Landscape registration form, please click here.

Newsletter and Program Updates

Would you like to receive notification about lawn and garden programs or upcoming public seminars? If you are not receiving our newsletter and other program updates, send us an email requesting that you be placed on the recipient list to receive these notifications. Email your request to:

vce@chesterfield.gov  

Click below to see the newsletters:

Extension Connections Spring 2015

Things are busy in the heat of summer, with school out, summer camps and vacation. We invite you to take a break and cool down with the summer edition of Extension Connections.

This issue contains information on some exciting programming that will help you to get your lawn and garden in order, keep the kids busy and help your family become more organized and healthy. Extension Connections Summer 2015

Wow, summer has come and gone, and the cool mornings are letting us know that autumn is approaching.  As you can see from the content of this newsletter, we’re not cooling down, though. Extension Connections Fall 2015

There are tips and tricks as well as numerous programs to help you learn new or different skills. So on those snowy, cold evenings, when you’re looking at vacation brochures or seed catalogs, mark your 2016 calendar for some of our programs, too. Extension Connections Winter 2015-2016

Agriculture and Natural Resources Info

The Chesterfield County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is proud to serve our residents with numerous lawn and garden programs and services. 

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Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program, or VBFRCP is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program invites you join them for trainings, resources, mentoring, webinars, networking and more. To read the July 2015 edition of the newsletter, please click here.

James River Soil & Water Conservation District Youth Opportunities

Attention local High School students! For currently enrolled Seniors (home schooled students included), the James River SWCD has a scholarship available for students that will be starting college in the fall of 2015 and majoring in conservation, environmental science, or agriculture. 

JRSWCD is also offering 2 scholarships for all high school students interested in attending the 2015 Youth Conservation Camp at Virginia Tech this coming summer. For 39 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9-12) on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and Virginia Tech faculty. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors. In talking with some of the students that have attended, it was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences that they can remember.

Farmers! James River SWCD still has agricultural cost-share funding available for implementing conservation practices on your farm. The late cover crop planting deadline for cost-share is November 15. If you have not signed up with JRSWCD and are planting a small grain cover over the winter on or before the 15th, we may still be able to get you approved for cost-share.

For more information click here.

Equine Resources

New!  Equine Resources page recently added!

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Equine Vaccinations

By Charlotte Maxwell, Extension Agent- Agriculture and Natural Resources

In the state of Virginia, vaccinating your horse is not mandated by law. However, it is the responsibility of horse owners to make sure your records are up to date and your horse is vaccinated. Work with your veterinarian to determine which vaccines are essential for your horse. The number of horses you have, their age, activities and location are going to determine your vaccination plan. Rabies and Tetanus are endemic in Virginia, meaning that is regularly found in our area, and should be part of any vaccination plan. Wildlife is often not too far from our horses and they can transmit rabies to your horse and it is possible for rabies to then be transferred to you. Tetanus is an anaerobic bacterium found in the soil and is deadly if it comes into contact with an open wound. Thankfully, the vaccines for these two diseases are highly effective and low-cost.

You may be thinking that if you and your horse do not leave your farm, you are in the clear after the Rabies and Tetanus vaccinations. However, horses in Virginia are commonly vaccinated for viruses that are spread by mosquitos. In Virginia, mosquitos are present and active during the summer months and into the fall.  Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis (EEE/WEE) virus affects the brain and spinal cord which causes weakness, depression, difficulty eating, impaired vision,        convulsions and fever. West Nile Virus causes an inflammation of the central nervous system and can be fatal. The signs for West Nile Virus include those of EEE/WEE. If your horse is showing  symptoms for either virus, contact your vet immediately. So far this summer, in Virginia, there has been one recorded case of West Nile Virus and one of EEE.

There are ways to prevent mosquito exposure on your property. Some of the prevention methods include: disposing of unwanted containers around your property that hold water, remove discarded tires, ensure your outdoor recycling containers have proper drainage and clear out your gutters every year. The goal is to prevent the mosquitos from breeding and stands of water is the most common breeding site.

Other vaccines to consider, especially if you travel with your horse or introduce new horses to your property, are Equine Influenza, Equine Herpes Virus I & IV, Potomac Horse Fever and Strangles. Please consult your veterinarian for designing a vaccination program for your specific farm.

Have a horse and have questions? 

Contact Charlotte "Charley" Maxwell. Extension Agent, 

via email at mcharley@vt.edu