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 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (804) 751-4401
Fax: (804) 751-0515
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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:  

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.

Landscape for Life

Landscape for Life 

The Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering a six week course titled; “Landscape for Life”. Learn how to save money and improve your landscape in this unique 6-week course beginning February 17, 2015 through March 24, 2015 to be held at the Chesterfield Cooperative Extension Office, 6807 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, 23832.  To register, please call 804-751-4401 or email

Are you a homeowner who wants to create and maintain your own healthy, sustainable landscape? Through instructor-led presentations, class discussions, and activities, you will deepen your understanding of how to get the most out of water in your garden, how to build healthy soils with minimal outside inputs, how to use native and climate adapted plants for this area and how to find the most environmentally-friendly landscape materials. Students will analyze their own home landscapes focusing on soils, water, plants and use of materials.

This class is currently full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the fall of 2015, please call 804-751-4401 or send an email with you name, address and contact phone number to: Please type "LFL" in the subject line. Thank you. 


Grass Roots & Learn Your Landscape Programs 2015

Grass Roots Personalized Lawn Care Recommendations

Are you frustrated with the condition of your lawn? Tired of throwing away money on seed and fertilizer, only to see no improvements? Get to the ROOT of the problem through the Grass Roots Program! For a registration form, click here!

Grass Roots

Thank you for your interest!

Virginia Cooperative Extension how-to lawn care tips

Virginia Cooperative Extension lawn care publications

Grass Roots

The Learn Your Landscape Program 

Thank you for your interest in the Learn Your Landscape Program.  The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to Chesterfield County homeowners on managing a healthy and sustainable landscape. Participants will receive recommendations on the care and maintenance of their existing landscape as well as information on how to improve it through sustainable practices, based on guidelines established by Virginia Cooperative Extension. This year we have added a wildlife habitat component to the site assessment, in cooperative with the Habitat Partners © Program of the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For more information regarding this program, please click HERE!

For a registration form, please click HERE!

For more information about these programs please call 804-751-4401 or email 

Bumbleebee Jamboree 2015

Bumblebee Jamboree 2014

The Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will be participating in National Pollinator Week by hosting our fourth annual Bumblebee Jamboree at Maymont Park on June 13, 2015 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Bumblebee Jamboree is a family-friendly event which aims to educate residents of the Greater Richmond Area on the importance of pollinators to our daily lives and what each of us can do in our own backyards to protect these natural resources. 

The event will include educational displays and activities for both adults and children.  Puppet shows, games, storytelling, crafts will keep the little ones engaged and excited to learn.  Information on plant selections for the garden, a live honey bee demonstration hive (enclosed), tours through the butterfly garden and a sampling station of pollinator-dependent foods will be offered for the adults.  We’ll also have a butterfly safari tent that all ages will enjoy visiting.


For information on this Bumblebee Jamboree event please click here. 

In the United States, pollination by honey bees and other insects produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually – they are a crucial link in the agricultural/horticultural economy of our country. The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit organization-- the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.

Check out the website:

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer


VCE Volunteer of the Month

Bill Bishop
Bill Bishop

After 13 years of service, Bill Bishop is an indispensable piece of the Chesterfield Master Gardener Program. His dependability and eagerness to serve make him an ideal volunteer cherished in his community.

Bill has been instrumental in several programs in Chesterfield, such as the highly successful Grass Roots program and the Learn Your Landscape program. Bill also spends every Tuesday answering phones for the Master Gardener help line. On top of all this, Bill Bishop is also an Extension Leadership Council volunteer.

Bill has given more than 500 hours each year for the past several years volunteering with the Chesterfield Master Gardener Program. He serves without complaint, happy to give his time. He received his 5000 Hour Volunteer Award for 2013 this past November 14, 2014.
“He is truly part of our program’s foundation; without him, we would be hard-pressed to serve our clientele in such an effective and efficient manner,” said Sherry Minnicino, unit administrative assistant in Chesterfield.

Congratulations to Bill Bishop for being recognized as the September 2014 Virginia Cooperative Extension Volunteer of the Month.

Free Public Seminars for 2015

How to Prune Plants for the Terrified

For most plants that need pruning, late winter or early spring is the time to do it.

 Most plants go dormant in the winter and will be less stressed by pruning.

         1/28/2015         6:00 pm             Central Library

How to Grow Mushrooms at Home

Growing mushrooms is unlike other gardening, but you can grow mushrooms at home.

         2/4/2015           6:00 pm             Midlothian Library

Attract Birds to your Garden with Food Producing Plants

If all you provide is seed, you are missing out on many fascinating bird

species that will pass up feeders for fruiting plants.                              

         2/11/2015         6:00 pm             Central Library

Spring Lawn Care

What to do now for that lush, green lawn that you want!

       3/2/2015         6:00 pm             Midlothian Library

      3/18/2015       6:00 pm             Central Library

Vertical Gardening-Going Up!

If a gardeniis limited, vertical plantings may be an option to use

and can be a wonderful addition to a raised bed or container garden.

       2/23/2015        6:00 pm                Midlothian Library

Raising Chickens in Chesterfield County

What you need to know as a resident of Chesterfield County.

         2/25/2015         6:00 pm             Central Library 


There are different ways to deal with weeds in the lawn and landscape. 

To prevent a "hostile takeover", begin by controlling those weeds

 when they first show up!

            3/4/15            6:00 pm            Clover Hill Library

Selecting & Planting Trees & Shrubs

Success of landscape plantings depends upon an orderly process of

 site analysis, plant selection and site preparation, planting procedures. 

and post-planting care.

           3/11/15            6:00 pm           LaPrade Library

Container Gardening, Why Container Garden Anyway?

Container Gardening is easy, economical, will suit almost any style and 

you can grow almost anything in a container garden: grow vegetables, 

herbs and even trees. 

            3/25/15            6:00 pm            Clover Hill Library

Slaying the Dragons of Garden Myths

Too many of us are maintaining too many myths about what successful

gardening entails. As a result, we are limiting our own possibilities!

         3/25/2015         6:00 pm             LaPrade Library

Warm Season Lawns 

The major grasses in this category are Bermudagrass, centipedegrass and zoysiagrass. 

They produce well in the summer and can thrive is soil that is less than ideal. 

Their greatest benefit is their ability to thrive in the intense heat of a southern summer.

         4/7/2015           6:00 pm             Chester Library

Problems with Mature Trees

Homeowners frequently inquire about the fact that ......"The leaves on my trees are turning brown"  

or "Some of the branches are dying" or "My whole tree is  beginning to look sickly."  

Unless the Extension Service specialist in the laboratory can see specimens of the dead or diseased plant,  it is usually impossible to even  guess what is wrong. 

This presentation will tell you how to recognize some of the  more common problems and how to collect a sample for our examination.

        4/8/2015            6:00 pm                LaPrade Library

Please call 804-751-4401 or email to register 

because, while these seminars are free, space is limited. Thank you. 

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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4H Summer Camp Registration 2015

ATTENTION: Chesterfield 4-H Junior Camp "4-H Superheroes" 2015 is currently full! To be placed on a waiting list, please call the Chesterfield County Extension Office at 804-751-4401. 

Each summer Chesterfield 4-H sponsors a one-week residential camp at the Jamestown 4-H Center for youth ages 9-13 (Campers must turn 9 between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.  Must not turn 14 prior to October 1, 2015).  This year camp will be held June 22-26, 2015.  It is a great opportunity for youth to experience the outdoors through a variety of activities including archery, canoeing, kayaking, cooking, rifle, robotics, sailing, swimming, and much more!  Camp is also an excellent way for youth to develop a sense of independence while also making new friends & having fun.  This year’s theme is “Chesterfield 4-H Superheroes” and we have a lot of amazing activities planned.  If you are interested please submit a registration form and $50 registration fee starting Monday January 5, 2015.  We have 180 camper spots and they fill quickly!  For questions or more information please contact Bethany Eigel at the Chesterfield Extension Office at 804-751-4401 or

For a registration form and camp brochure, click HERE.

4H Specialty Camps for 2015

Specialty Camps for 4H in 2015! 

Click on AIRFIELD if you are interested in attending one or more of the camps at Airfield 4H Center.

Click on JAMESTOWN if you are interested in attending one or more of the camps at Jamestown 4H Center.

Click on SPACECAMP  if you are interested in attending this camp at Airfield 4H Center January 30 through February 1, 2015.

FCS News and Programs

Family Consumer Sciences has a line up of educational workshops for 2015. Some of these include "Making Your Money Go Further", "Minimizing Holiday Debt", "Small Steps to Health and Wealth", "Nutrition, Family Food Safety and Stretching Your Food Dollar" and "Fit Extension Connection". For more information, please contact Linda Jackson Cole, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at 804-751-4401 or by email at

To see a more detailed listing of the educational workshops being offered, please click HERE

Some other Free Educational Workshops Being Offered: 

Be Heart Healthy

Be Heart Healthy   

2/10/2015  9:30 am-12 pm; 6:00-8:30 pm

Be Heart Healthy – “Ten Steps to a Healthier You” will provide knowledge and skills that can help you and your family achieve healthier lifestyle by making healthy food choices and increasing physical activity.

Make Your Money Go Further-America Saves Week         

Make Your Money Go Further-America Saves Week

2/19/2015  Part 1, 9:30 am-11:30 am; 6:30-8:30 pm

2/26/2015  Part 2, 9:30 am-11:30 am; 6:30-8:30 pm         

For America Saves Week, Feb. 22–28, two “Making Your Money Go Further” workshops will be held to help people gain control of their finances by first determining how much money they have to spend, and, secondly, how much they have to save in order to accomplish their financial goals.

For more information regarding this workshop click here!

Food, Nutrition and Health Workshop

Food, Nutrition & Health

3/10/2015  Part 1 - 9:30 am-12 pm

3/17/2015  Part 2 - 9:30 am-12 pm

This Food, Nutrition and Health workshop will provide information about healthy eating, MyPlate, money-saving strategies to stretch food budgets, as well as, food storage and preservation


Workshops are held at the Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension Office, 6807 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832. To register for Family and Consumer Sciences workshops, call Linda Jackson Cole at 804-751-4401 or email at

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