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 Cumberland 4-H Fall Programs
Sewing 101 will be offered to youth ages 9-13 from September 8th - 11th at the Extension Office from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Participants will learn basic hand stitches, how to sew on buttons and make their own pillow. The cost for this after-school program is $20. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 2nd.
Short Chef Cooking Program is open to youth ages 9-13 and will be offered September 16th & 30th, October 14th & 28th, November 11th & 25th. There will be a Short Chef Food Challenge on December 9th. Short Chef will meet from 3:30- 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. The cost for participation is $42 or $7 per session. Registration deadline is September 8th.
Cloverbud After-School will be offered to youth ages 5-8 on September 23rd, October 21st, and November 18th from 3:30- 5:00 at the Extension Office. There will be a Cloverbud Food Challenge on December 1st. Participants will be focus on cooking, food, and nutrition. The cost for participation is $15 or $5 per session. Registration deadline is September 15th.
Please click on the link below to view the brochure/registration:
2014 Cumberland 4-H Fall Programs Brochure (PDF | 591KB)
2014 Survival Skills Seminar
Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering a Survival Skills Seminar on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Cumberland Extension Office from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost is $35 per person or $30 per person if 2 or more people. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The featured speaker will be Roy Hutchinson. Roy has 40+ years of outdoor experience to include 14 years in Search and Rescue. He is a member of the International Society of Professional Trackers (ISPT). He has lent his tracking expertise to the U. S. Military, Law Enforcement and numerous Search and Rescue teams. Roy teaches as a volunteer instructor for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He has extensive experience in tracking and survival on unsupported trips in numerous extreme environments.
Join us for a full day of learning how to be prepared and survive and thrive in your own home in the case of a catastrophic event. Just some of the topics covered will be how to find water sources, storage and proper preparation of food, herbs and wild foods, putting together a comprehensive first aid kits and supplies, basic human needs for survival, gardening/planting for volume of harvest, heating and cooling your home without electricity, waste management and disposal and much more.
Please pre-register by calling the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the link below to view the flyer for more details:
2014 Survival Skills Seminar Flyer (PDF | 326KB)
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:
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