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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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

4-H Recruiting Teen Counselors

Chesterfield County 4-H recruiting teen counselors for summer camp

What:           Chesterfield 4-H looking for outstanding teen leaders to fill summer camp counselor positions. Must be at least 14 years old and no older than 18 as of January 1, 2017.

When:          Selected teens would be required to attend monthly trainings starting in November (detailed days and times listed in actual application) 

Where:         Trainings will be held at Midlothian Branch Library (521 Coalfield Rd, Midlothian VA 23114).  4-H summer camp is held at the Jamestown 4-H Center (3751 4-H Club Road, Williamsburg VA 23185)

Information: Each summer Chesterfield 4-H offers a one-week residential camp for youth ages 9-13 at the Jamestown 4-H Center.  Not only is it a great opportunity for 180 campers, but also the 28 teens selected to serve as counselors during this week at camp.  4-H Camp Counselors have great responsibility: they supervise campers, show positive attitude, lead by example, assist with 4-H camp staff in classes and programs, and exhibit all the traits of good character.  This is not a paid position but teens receive credit for 96 hours of volunteer service and an experience of a lifetime!  All interested teens must submit an application by September 23rd, complete an interview with the 4-H Agent, and (if selected) must attend mandatory monthly trainings which start in November. 

Contact:       To request an application:  contact Bethany Eigel at 804-751-4401 or eigelb@chesterfield.gov

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.

Become a Chesterfield County Master Gardener

Become a Chesterfield County Master Gardener

Chesterfield Cooperative Extension is looking for a group of aspiring residents to make our program grow. As a Master Gardener Volunteer, you will gain the background skills necessary to volunteer with the local community. You will be trained to promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management educational programs. No green thumb required! People of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply. For more information regarding the Master Gardener Program click HERE.

For a Master Gardener application click here.

For information pertaining to the Master Gardener Open House Invitation, click here.

Free Public Seminars

Fall 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. 

Pruning: How To Stop Crape Murder

What: Unfortunately, Crapemyrtles are victims of over-zealous pruning by many folks. This destroys the structure and beauty of the tree, and is an unwanted stress that often encourages pest problems.

When: Wednesday, September 28th , 6:00 pm

Where: Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian, VA.

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Weeds

What: The question is how do we remove weeds effectively? And, once removed, how do we prevent them, as much as possible, from growing back?

When: Monday, October 3rd 6:00 pm

Where: Central Library 9501 Lori Rd

Contact:  Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Curious About Beekeeping

What: Come and talk to real beekeepers in Chesterfield  about honeybees and bee topics.

When: Wednesday October 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Chester Library, 11800 Centre St, Chester, Va.

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Growing Mushrooms

What: There is no need to be in the “dark” about growing mushrooms. Growing mushrooms is unlike other gardening, but you can grow mushrooms at home. These tasty chameleons of the food world are fat-free, low in calories, and filled with vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Plus, it is fun!

When: Tuesday, October 25th,  6 p.m.

Where: Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian, VA.

Contact: Space is limited; call the extension office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

New Seminars For 2017:

Pruning Confidence

What:  Winter pruning is best completed by the middle to end of February. Learn the basics of correct pruning techniques: when to prune, how to make healthy cuts that enhance shape and bloom, choosing the right tools for you and the application, how and when to rejuvenate an overgrown or non-blooming shrub, and how to avoid pruning problems by putting the right plant in the right place. Bring your hand held pruner if you have one. THIS SEMINAR WILL HAVE A SPANISH INTERPRETER ATTENDING.

When:    Wednesday, January 25th 6:00 pm

Where:   Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Your Yard: A Bird’s-eye Perspective

What: Birds start scouting for nesting sites in February. Make your yard appealing to birds that you would like to attract. Understand their basic needs. Learn which birds like which foods, nesting sites and water features. Get a list of favorite plants for different bird families to help with your spring shopping. THIS SEMINAR WILL HAVE A SPANISH INTERPRETER ATTENDING.

When:   Wednesday, February 1st 6:00 pm

Where:  LaPrade Library 9000 Hull Street Road, Richmond

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Toxins & Critters & Ouchies, Oh My!

What:  Keep gardening fun with techniques that protect you from toxic chemicals, spiders, ticks and mosquitos that can pose health risks. Prevent injury by choosing tools and postures for your specific needs and body parts. Have the pleasure of gardening without sacrificing health and comfort.  THIS SEMINAR WILL HAVE A SPANISH INTERPRETER ATTENDING.

When:    Wednesday, February 8th 6:00 pm

Where:   Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd. Richmond

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Save the Bees, Save the Food

WHAT:   We depend on pollinators for food, economic prosperity and rejuvenating our natural environment. They depend on us for habitat, clean living space, non-toxic food, and places to reproduce. When they are in danger, so are we! Learn what you can do in your own yard or space to help restore native pollinator populations. THIS SEMINAR WILL HAVE A SPANISH INTERPRETER ATTENDING.

When:   Wednesday, February 22nd 6:00 pm

Where:  North Courthouse Library 325 Courthouse Road, Richmond

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Rich Earth: Helping Nature Work Her Magic

What:  Give your neighbors “Dirt Envy”. Learn how to let nature restore and improve your soil through the practice of composting. Have soil that makes plants happy and does much of the work for you. Save money and the environment by using less chemical fertilizers and sprays. THIS SEMINAR WILL HAVE A SPANISH INTERPRETER ATTENDING.  

When:    Wednesday, March 1st 6:00 pm

Where:   Clover Hill Library 6701 Deer Run Road, Midlothian  

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Weeds: Research to Remedy

What: These suggested management practices will help you care for your lawn throughout the year. Location, terrain, soil type and condition, age of lawn, previous lawn care, and other factors affect turf performance. Identify the most noxious weeds and learn management practices and the latest control option.

When: Monday, March 6th 3:00 pm

Where: N. Courthouse Library 325 Courthouse Road, Richmond

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Spring Lawn Care

What: Many people become frustrated with their lawns here in Virginia. Our climate, clay soils and pest problems are unique compared to most areas of the U.S. Most people follow incorrect lawn care practices in Virginia. As a result, they waste money, water, fertilizer and end up with a disappointing lawn. This seminar will provide you with the right information on how to grow a Virginia lawn.

When: Wednesday, March 22nd 6:00 pm

Where: Midlothian Library 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Trees & Shrubs

What: Ornamental trees and shrubs are effective ways to add beauty and interest to your yard. With a wide variety of colors and textures, as well as options for nearly any climate or growing condition, ornamentals can be a low-maintenance, fun way to enhance the beauty of your landscape and add value to your property. Proper selection and planting of a tree or shrub is vital to ensure a healthy plant. This seminar will discuss how to select and plant a new tree or shrub.

When: Wednesday, April 5th 6:00 pm

Where: Clover Hill Library 6701 Deer Run Road, Midlothian

Contact: Space is limited, call the Extension Office at 751-4401 or email vce@chesterfield.gov to register for this seminar.

Easy Herb Gardening

What:  Fresh from the garden herbs add flavor and fragrance to foods. Herbs are easy to grow and easy to enjoy! You can grow herbs in pots or containers on your balcony, deck or patio; in the backyard garden; even indoors. Let us tell you how to grow, use and preserve herbs, as well as answer your questions as you plan your herb garden.    

When:    Tuesday, April 11th 6:00 pm

Where:   Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Rd., Midlothian

Contact: Space is limited, 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 Grass Roots Program is closed for 2016. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list to be contacted in the spring of 2017, please call us at 804-751-4401 or email us at vce@chesterfield.gov. 

 

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. 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. 

The Learn Your Landscape program is currently closed for 2016. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list to be contacted in the spring of 2017, please call us at 804-751-4401 or email us at vce@chesterfield.gov.

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 2016

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.

Extension Connections Summer 2016

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 Fall 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 Winter 2015-2016

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. 

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.

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