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.

Bumbleebee Jamboree 2014

Bumblebee Jamboree 2014

The Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will be participating in National Pollinator Week by hosting our third annual Bumblebee Jamboree at Maymont Park on June 14, 2014 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 more information on this event click on Bumblebee Jamboree

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: http://www.pollinator.org/

Grass Roots & Learn Your Landscape Programs 2014

Grass Roots and Learn Your Landscape Programs 2014

Are you frustrated with the conditions 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!

Download a registration form here.

Chesterfield Cooperative Extension is offering county residents the opportunity

to learn about their landscape  challenges and possible solutions for these issues.

The Learn Your Landscape Program may be just what you need!

Download a registration form here.

Explore the Outdoors 2014

You’re invited to the Second Annual “Explore the Outdoors Event”on May 4, 2014 from 1:00-5:00

The Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation will be teaming up for a fun day of exploration and discovery. From nature walks to outdoor investigations, families, friends, and neighbors are invited to participate in hands-on experiences that encourage kids to learn more about science. The day will feature 40+ local organizations that specialize in outdoor activities for families. This community event is free and open to the public. For more information click on this link:

http://ideastations.org/explore-outdoors

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Master Gardener Milestone Awards

Last week we presented 43 awards to Master Gardeners who have reached a certain milestone in their MG career.  We had people receive their first milestone, the 250 hour mark, all the way up to one person receiving a 5,000 hour award – our first ever 5,000 hour award.  We also awarded a long time Master Gardener an Emeritus certificate for her dedication to the MG program, particularly in helping reach citizens in Northern Chesterfield and the City of Richmond with our Grass Roots program. About half of our awardees were able to attend on Nov 4th.  Please join me in congratulating our dedicated volunteers as they reach these milestones of service!

Milestone awards 2013

 

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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.


Tuesday evening series, meeting March 4 – April 8, 2014 at Central Library 9501 Lori Rd., Chesterfield 23832 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm


The program cost is $75, which covers class materials. Please contact Sherry at 804-751-4401 or by email ; vce@chesterfield.gov for registration which closes February 11, 2014 or when maximum registration has been met.Click HERE to download a registration form.

Chesterfield County Offers Workshops

The past few years have brought financial challenges to many people throughout the commonwealth. One in every nine Virginians lives at or below the poverty level and the current economic climate has only emphasized the need for additional financial education.

 

2014 America Saves Challenge

Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Are you one? Great! Even if you are already saving, it's good to take a look at your goals and decide is you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down their debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week. For more information, click here.

 

The Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension is offering a workshop on Thursday, February 20, 2014,  “Making Your Money Go Further” in observance of America Saves Week (February 23 – March 1, 2014). The times for this workshop are 9:30-11:30 AM and repeated at 6:30-8:30 PM. Participants will receive tips on how to gain control of their financial situation and determine how much money they have to spend to accomplish their financial goals.  

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The Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension is offering Financial Management Workshops for 2014. The programs focus on helping families build their financial capability through classes on topics such as managing money, planning for home ownership, getting out of debt, post-bankruptcy education, retirement planning, and learning of the similarities between health and personal finance issues.

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Asian Needle Ant

The Asian Needle Ant:  As a health risk, this ant's venom can produce reactions ranging from mild irritation to

life-threatening anaphylaxis. To read more click on this link: 

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-29/ENTO-29NP.html

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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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 eigelb@chesterfield.gov, or Jennifer Farrow; the 4-H Technician 

at farrowje@chesterfield.gov or call 804-751-4401. 

4-H Fall 2013 Newsletter

Chesterfield 4-H: It is officially Fall! Please enjoy the attached 4-H Newsletter. It has some fantastic 

contributions from our members & is also full of great things coming up in the next few months!  

Equine Resources

New!  Equine Resources page recently added!

horses

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