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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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.

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

The Landscape for Life educational series instructs homeowners on how to create and maintain healthy and beautiful landscapes that benefit their family and the surrounding community. Homeowners learn how to work with nature, no matter where they live, whether they garden in a city or suburban lot, a 20 acre farm or a common area of a condominium.

The program will meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM, February 10, 2015 through March 17, 2015 at the Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield, 23832. The cost of the program is $75.00, which includes all class materials. For more information, or to register, contact Sherry Minnicino, 804-751-4401, or by email to: Please note that registration closes January 27, 2015 or when the program is full. 

Click here to download a registration form.


Grass Roots & Learn Your Landscape Programs 2014

Grass Roots and Learn Your Landscape Programs 2014

The Grass Roots Program is closed for this year. Thank you for joining us! Please call us at 804-751-4401 to be placed on the waiting list for Spring 2015. 

The Learn Your Landscape Program is currently full. We have reached our maximum number of registrants. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for 2015, please call the Chesterfield County Extension Office at 804-751-4401. 

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer


VCE Volunteer of the Month

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.

Master 4-H Volunteer Program

Master 4-H Volunteer Program

4-H is looking for volunteers for the Master 4-H Volunteer Program. For more information

please contact Bethany Eigel; the 4-H Agent at, or Jennifer Farrow; the 4-H Technician 

at or call 804-751-4401. 

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 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 2014. 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.

Equine Resources

New!  Equine Resources page recently added!