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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Drinking Water Clinics 2015

Chesterfield County Drinking Water Clinics 2015

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.

Landscape for Life

Landscape for Life 

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.

Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning on September 15, 2015 through October 20, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Cooperative Extension Office located at 6807 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, 23832. call 804-751-4401 or email for more information or click HERE to download a registration form.  

For more information about this program 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 Fall Public Seminars

Fall Lawn and Garden Seminar Series

Save the date for the following FREE public seminars to the public this fall. These seminars take place at Chesterfield Libraries, unless noted, and are from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Seating is limited; registration required by calling 804-751-4401 or email at:

♦October 3rd "Curious About Beekeeping?" @ Chester Library from 12:00-2:00 pm

♦October 14th  "Putting Your Plants to Bed" @ Midlothian Library 

♦ November 10th  "Growing Mushrooms" @ Midlothian Library  

Grass Roots & Learn Your Landscape Programs 2015

Grass Roots Personalized Lawn Care Recommendations

This program is currently closed for 2015. If you would like to be a part of this program in the spring of 2016, send an email to us at; or call us at 804-751-4401. There are some lawn care tips below that you may find useful. 

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. 

The Learn Your Landscape program is closed for the year. To be placed on a waiting list for the program in 2016, please send us an email at with that request. Thank you. 

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:  

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

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!



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

Situation Analysis Report

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 Report, Chesterfield County, 2013