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
2015 4H Christmas Camp
Cumberland 4-H is now taking registrations for the "Going Green Christmas Camp" being held December 5-6 for Cumberland youth age 5-13. The camp is held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, VA. The campers will have the opportunity to do the following Christmas based activities: “Green” Christmas Crafts, Christmas Cookie Baking, Water Festival, Winter Wonderland Hike, and Christmas Dance.The cost for camp is $57 Early Bird Fee if registered before Nov. 13th OR $67 Fee if registered after Nov. 13th.
*Transportation is being provided via the county van but space is limited. Please let us know if your child needs to ride the van as names are being taken on a first come first serve basis.
Please click on the following link to view the brochure/registration form:
2015 Christmas Camp brochure (PDF | 755KB)
Cumberland 4-H Program overview
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The Cumberland County 4-H Program offers youth ages 5-19 opportunities to participate in a livestock club, educational contests, day and overnight camps, after school programs, and much more!
To find out more about the Cumberland County 4-H Program, contact:
Linda Eanes, Cumberland 4-H Extension Agent, by calling 804-492-4390 or email email@example.com.
4-H Motto: To Make the Best Better!
I pledge...My HEAD to Clearer Thinking,
My HEART to Greater Loyalty,
My HANDS to Larger Service,
and My HEALTH to Better Living,
For My Club, My Community, My Country, and My World.
4-H Colors: Green & White
The white is for purity.
The green, nature's most common color, is for life, springtime, and youth.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu found in Western and Central United States
There has been a recent outbreak of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in Western and Central United States.. The virus is carried by migratory birds and could spread to Virginia by summer/fall. There is no treatment of HPAI.
Warning signs to look for are sudden mortality, reduced feed intake, reduced egg production, misshapen eggs, swelling of face and hocks, and sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge.
Prevention methods are to raise birds with minimal wild bird contact, including raising birds inside and/or under cover, cover exposed feed/water, not allowing poultry access to ponds/wetlands, and use designated equipment/clothing when handling flock.
Please click the link below to view the flyer for more information:
Poultry Biosecurity Awareness flyer (PDF | 223KB)
Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners
What is a Master Gardener?
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are a unique group of volunteers who work under the guidance of VCE to provide unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound horticulture information to the public.
How Do I Become a Master Gardener?
Master Gardener Trainees complete 50 hours of classroom instruction in subjects such as basic botany; soils & fertilizers; plant propagation; diagnosing plant damage; pesticide use & safety; trees & shrubs; lawn & turf management; pruning; landscape design; water quality; and organic practices. After the classroom instruction has been satisfactorily completed, the trainee becomes a Master Gardener Intern. Interns are required to volunteer an additional 50 hours during their first year before becoming an official VCE Master Gardener. Active Master Gardeners must receive an additional 8 hours of advanced training and volunteer at least 20 hours each year to remain a VCE Master Gardener.
Click here to view the Heart of Virginia Master Gardener website
Central Piedmont Master Naturalists
The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.
Who Can Participate?
People who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource management and conservation in Virginia are perfect candidates to become Virginia Master Naturalists. It is open to all adults regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service.
Chapters are in development across Virginia. In an area where there is no existing chapter, several interested people and an advisor from a sponsoring agency can start their own.
Click here to view the Central Piedmont Master Naturalist website
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, Cumberland County, 2013