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.
2014 Golf Course Maintenance Workshop
Virginia Cooperative Extension is holding a regional Golf Course Maintenance Workshop on December 10, 2014 at the John Randolph Firehouse and Community Center in Cumberland, VA. The workshop will run from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM. The cost is $20/person which covers lunch and snacks. Featured speakers from Virginia Tech will be Dr. Mike Goatley, Dr. David McCall, Dr. Tom Kuhar, Derik Cataldi, and graduate research assistants, John Brewer and Sandepp Rana, who work under Dr. Shawn Askew. Attendance at this workshop will count towards commercial pesticide recertification credits under Category 3B and also nutrient management credits and GCSAA credits.
Please pre-register by printing the brochure at the link below and mailing it back to the Cumberland Extension Office with payment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Cumberland Office at 804-492-4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the link below to view the brochure for more details:
2014 Golf Course Workshop Brochure (PDF | 527KB)
Beef Feed Rationing Workshop
Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free Beef Feed Rationing Workshop on Friday, December 19, 2014. It will be held at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, VA from 3:00 PM to 5:15 PM. Registration runs from 2:30 – 3:00 PM. The topics covered will be nutritional needs of cows at various stages, supplemental feed options, calculating beef rations, and mineral and other considerations in balancing feeds.
There is a minimum of 5 participants to hold this workshop so please pre-register by contacting the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or email email@example.com.
Please click on the link below to view the flyer for more details:
Beef Feed Rationing Flyer (PDF | 384KB)
Join a Cumberland 4-H Club Now!
Are you looking for something fun and worthwhile for your child? Cumberland County has a Cloverbud Club for ages 5-8, a shooting club, a horse club and a livestock club for your child to join.
Please see the link below for more information about these Cumberland 4-H Clubs:
Cumberland 4H Clubs (PDF | 422KB)
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