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
2017 Backyard Gardening Series
The Cumberland Extension Office is offering a backyard gardening series that will walk you through the gardening process from start to finish. Each session will outline a topic that will help make your garden successful. The series will take place at the Cumberland Extension Office running from January to July 2017. Each class will run from 9:30 - 11:30 AM.
Registration is required by calling the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or emailing email@example.com. The cost of the entire series is $30 or $5/person per session.
Please click on the link below to view the flyer for more information and the exact dates/topics for each session:
Backyard Gardening Series Flyer (PDF | 773KB)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners
What is a Master Gardener?
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are a unique group of trained volunteer educators who work under the guidance of VCE to provide unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound horticulture information to the public. The Master Gardener program brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities - Virginia Tech and Virginia State University - to the people of the Commonwealth.
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.
Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners Association are now taking applications for the 2017 VCE Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class and will be accepting applications up until November 4, 2016. This training class will take place most Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm starting January 6, 2017 and going to May 5, 2017, with Orientation on December 2, 2016. Prior to the class, there will be a phone interview process with all applicants. The classes and orientations will take place at the P.E. Extension Office Conference Room at 100 Dominion Drive, Farmville, VA. For more information and to apply by November 4, 2016...please contact Katy Overby in the Prince Edward Extension Office at 434-392-4246 or email email@example.com
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