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.

Sarah Gregory 4-H Volunteer of the Year 2014

Sarah Gregory of Chesterfield County is thoroughly engaged in every aspect of 4-H. As a volunteer for more than 40 years, she has done it all.

Sarah is a leader of two 4-H clubs; has gone to camp and taught leather craft for more than 30 years; and serves as a chaperone to State 4-H Congress, Citizen Washington Focus, and Intermediate Congress at Virginia State University. She is continuously in schools or at community events to promote the programs and opportunities 4-H has to offer. Her years of work with the Chesterfield County Fair have resulted in tremendous 4-H participation through displays, competitions, exhibits, and entries.

In her "spare time," Sarah actively participates in 4-H All-Stars, the International 4-H Youth Exchange program, and the Extension Leadership Council — both locally and representing Planning District 15 at the state level.

Sarah enthusiastically engages elected officials and university leadership at all levels to advocate for support and funding for Extension in general and 4-H Youth Development in particular. She is passionate about exposing youth to the values of 4-H, and guiding them to be productive citizens and leaders.

According to her nominator, Sarah is a tireless volunteer and a true gem to the residents of Chesterfield. "She is highly respected around the state, and there is rarely a district or state conference that I attend where I don’t hear her name referenced for her exceptional contributions and leadership. Her dedication to the program is incomparable. What makes her even more special is that she would never nominate herself for any awards at all — she does it all purely for the love of children and her belief in the values that 4-H can help instill within each community."

Thanks, Sarah, for all that you do for 4-H and Virginia Cooperative Extension!

Free Public Seminars this Fall

Fall Lawn Care

Late summer through early fall is the best time to sow grass seed and to perform lawn renovation. How to select the best type of grass for different lawn conditions, renovation or repair options, crabgrass and grub control, mole and fertilizer selection and application timing. The focus is on turf management practices that are environmentally sound.

8/13/2014        6:00 PM   Central Library

Weeds

The fall season and even some of the milder weather periods of early winter present great possibilities in weed control. What does the season have to do with control?  There are a few major reasons: 1) many of our most problematic weeds in Virginia home lawns are cool-season broadleaf perennials, and fall is a time when they are actively growing.

Bring your weeds for identification!

8/19/2014            6:00 PM                Chester Library

Selecting and Planting Shrubs Correctly

It has been a hot summer but fall is right around the corner.  Cooler temperatures and changing colors are a welcome change in Virginia.  Fall can be a great time to spruce up your landscape with some new shrubs.  The very best time of year to plant, in terms of root growth and plant establishment, is during the fall.   Learn how to choose the right shrub for the right location and how to plant them correctly. 

8/20/2014            6:00 PM                Midlothian Library

Alternatives to Grass

A lush lawn can be an appealing element in the home landscape and provides many important benefits, like reducing stormwater runoff and cleaning the air. In some situations, lawns simply are not practical. Come and learn what your alternatives are….

9/10/2014                6:00 PM                Midlothian Library

Trees: Selection and Planting

The average life span for a tree in the landscape is only eight years due to poor design and planting techniques.  Homeowners and landscapers often place trees in situations where trees have little chance of survival. Successful tree planting and establishment needs attention to several factors. Come and find out how to plant your trees and shrubs to give them the best chance to thrive.  

9/17/2014              6:00 PM                Central Library

Pruning Basics

Pruning is a regular part of plant maintenance involving the selective removal of specific plant parts. There are several basic reasons to prune. Whatever the reason for pruning, timing is a key factor for successful results. Learn the basics of correct pruning in this seminar.

9/17/2014              6:00 PM                Midlothian Library

Beekeeping for the Curious

One in every three tablespoons of food derives directly from the pollinating process of the humble bumble bee. But hives are collapsing at an accelerating rate with significant environmental consequences. Come and learn what it takes to keep bees. Find out how bees form hives and pollinate your plants.

9/24/2014              6:00 PM                Central Library

Growing Mushrooms

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!

11/6/2014              6:00 PM                  Central Library  

While these seminars are free, registration is encouraged as space is limited. Please call the Chesterfield Cooperative Extension at 804-751-4401 or email us at vce@chesterfield.gov to register.

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, September 2, 2014 through October 7, 2014 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: vce@chesterfield.gov. Please note that registration closes August 30, 2014, 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

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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 licole2@vt.edu.

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

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 Spring 2014 Newsletter

Chesterfield 4-H: It is officially Spring! 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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