Mark Sutphin, Marsha Wright, Jennifer Fost, Tammy Epperson, Amanda Simons, and Rebecca Davis
Mark Sutphin, Marsha Wright, Jennifer Fost, Tammy Epperson, Amanda Simons, and Rebecca Davis

The Frederick 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 Frederick 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.

107 N. Kent Street
2nd Floor
Winchester, VA 22601

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

Main Office: (540) 665-5699
Fax: (540) 722-8380
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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.

Strong Women Strong Bones Program

Beginning in September, VCE-Frederick County Family and Consumer Science Agent, Rebecca Davis, will offer the Strong Women, Strong Bones (SWSB) program which is an 8-week strength training program for middle-aged women and men.  Classes will begin September 15, 2014 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen Street, Winchester, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The class meets twice weekly for the first 4 weeks and then once a week for the second 4 weeks.

The program is designed for midlife women and men, sedentary or active, who are interested in improving their strength, balance, and flexibility; however, it is appropriate for all adults.  The exercises work all the major muscle groups using a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weights.  Research shows that while strength training improves muscle mass and bone density, it also decreases risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

The cost for the 8-week session is $25, and participants must supply their own set of beginning dumbbells and leg weights.  The registration deadline is September 8th.    Click here for the registration brochure.

Don't Fear the Pressure Canner! or how to can low-acid vegetables and meats:

A Food Preservation Workshop will be held on September 19, 2014 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church (527 Van Fossen St., Winchester).  The session will cover how pressure canning works and important safety information about how to operate a pressure canner.  All participants will process a jar of green beans, carrots, or other low-acid food to take home.  Bring your dial gauge pressure canner lid to be tested for accuracy.  Registration cost is $35 and includes all handouts, food for canning, jars and use of canning equipment and a copy of the comprehensive canning cookbook, So Easy to Preserve.  The registration deadline is September 15.  To register, send a check, payable to Virginia Cooperative Extension-Frederick County, to Virginia Cooperative Extension-Frederick County, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester, VA  22601.  Please note on your check "Food Preservation Workshop".

Pest Management Guides Available

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The 2014 version of Virginia Cooperative Extension's Pest Management Guides are now available on our website. The guides cover Field Crops, Home Grounds and Animals, and Horticultural and Forest Crops.