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.
ELC Chairman Donald Bishop Retires
Pictured above are Extension ANR Agent, David Smith, Donald Bishop, and Extension 4-H Agent Linda Eanes
Cumberland farmer, Donald Bishop, was honored during the November 5, 2013 meeting of the Cumberland County Extension Leadership Council (ELC). Bishop retired as chairman of the volunteer organization after 28 years of service. Bishop was presented with a resolution of appreciation from the Cumberland Board of Supervisors, a letter of appreciation from Edwin Jones, the associate dean and director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and words of thanks and gratitude from those present. The Extension Leadership Council helps extension staff identify and address the needs and concerns of Cumberland County.
A special thank you is extended from the Cumberland Extension Office staff and the Cumberland ELC members for all of the hard work and years of dedication and service that Mr. Bishop provided to the county and its residents.
2014 Cumberland 4H Jr Camp
When: June 9-13, 2014
Where: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center
For: Youth ages 9-13
Contact: Please contact the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or email email@example.com for more information
4H Cloverbud Afterschool Club
Cumberland 4-H’s Afterschool Cloverbud Club will be resuming with the start of the new school year. This club is open to youth ages 5-8. The kids will meet once a month afterschool from September 2013 to April 2014 at the Cumberland Extension Office. The club will meet from 3:30 – 5:00 and the meeting dates are for the following Tuesday afternoons: September 17th, October 8th, November 12th, February 11th, March 11th, and April 8th. Activities include nature-based themes, story time, local field trips, community giving, snacks, and much more! The cost is $30 which covers food and supplies for all of the meetings.
Pre-registration and payment are required so please contact the 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:
2013 Cloverbud Club flyer (PDF | 494KB)
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