Cumberland County Staff
Cumberland County Staff

The Cumberland 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 Cumberland 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.

1548 Anderson Highway
P.O. Box 80
Cumberland, VA 23040

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (804) 492-4390
Fax: (804) 492-5718
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2015 Cumberland 4H Jr Camp

It's camp time!

When:  June 29 - July 3, 2015

Where:  Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, VA

For:  Youth ages 9-13 

While at camp, youth attend four classes of their choosing.  Examples include archery, riflery, canoeing, cooking, crafts, fishing, nature, journalism, photography, swimming, theater, low/high ropes, games, etc.  Campers stay in cabins with 10 other youth as well as trained teen and adult volunteers. Campers are able to request a roommate.  The theme this year is “Disney” and certain evening programs and other activities will focus on this theme.

The cost for 4-H Camp is $190 which includes meals, lodging, transportation, t-shirt and all class fees.  Registration deadline is June 1st but register as soon as possible as camp fills quickly.  Financial assistance is available to those who qualify but that deadline is June1st so please contact the office as soon as possible so you have a chance to complete the form and get it back to the office in time.  

Please click on the link below to view the camp brochure:

2015 4H Jr Camp brochure (PDF | 565KB)

Please click on the camp financial assistance form below if needed:

2015 Cumberland financial assistance form (PDF | 559KB)

2015 Sustainable Gardening Series

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Virginia Cooperative Extension will be holding a FREE sustainable gardening series on the Thursday evenings of March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 16.  It will be held at the John Randolph Firehouse and Community Center in Cumberland, VA.  Each session will run from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

Topics covered will be soils, composting, vermiculture, garden planning, irrigation, sustainable organic practices, food preservation, garden diseases, and garden insects both beneficial and pests.  You can choose to attend one session of special interest to you or attend all 6 but please specify at pre-registration.

Please pre-register with the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or email dplumley@vt.edu by March 9th.  There will be a 12 person minimum to hold the workshop so please reserve your spot.

Please click on the link below to view the flyer for more details:

2015 Sustainable Gardening Flyer (PDF | 549KB)

Join a Cumberland 4-H Club Now!

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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:       

                        

                             

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Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners

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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

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Mission

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.

Overview

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