Hanover County Staff
Hanover County Staff

The Hanover 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 Hanover 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.

13015 Taylor Complex Lane
Ashland, VA 23005

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

Main Office: (804) 752-4310
Fax: (804) 752-4311
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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

Now Accepting Application for the 2017 Master Gardener Training Class

Master Gardeners are trained community leaders working with individuals to increase knowledge and understanding of environmentally sound horticulture. They seek to improve the quality of life in their communities through education. Master Gardeners are specially trained by Virginia Cooperative Extension which is a group of specialists and Extension Agents who extend the knowledge of Virginia’s Land Grant Universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State. We are looking for you as an individual who loves gardening, enjoys teaching others, feels a strong commitment to community service, and feels strongly about preserving natural resources.

If you have questions about the program or wonder if being a Master Gardener is right for you, please contact Laura Maxey-Nay at 804-752-4310 or lmaxey-nay@vt.edu.

Master Gardener Training classes are offered in January of each year. The 2017 class runs from January 5 through the first week of April and meets every Monday and Thursday. The training course is held in the evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library, 201 S Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005. 

Applications can be found by following this link: Master Gardener Training Class Application (PDF | 389KB) . When you are ready to commit to the program, complete the application and mail it back to the Hanover County Extension Office (13015 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland, VA 23005). Applications must be returned by November 11, 2016. Some preference may be given to Hanover County residents. Once you are accepted into the program, the fee for the program is $125 for individuals and $145 for couples.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Extension Office during business hours or note it on your application.

If you need additional information please contact us at 804-752-4310. 

October is 4-H Month

Are you ready to join a 4-H club with your peers that have your common interest? If so, contact Rita Schalk (rjschalk@vt.edu; 804-752-4308) to learn about the possibilities in Hanover. We currently have clubs for horses, livestock, and community service. However, you only need 2 adults and 5 youth ages 9-18 to start a new club for ANYTHING in which you have interest.

Master Food Volunteer Training

Combine your love for cooking, nutrition, physical activity and helping others by becoming a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer (MFV). The MFV training will consist of lessons in basic nutrition, meal planning, healthy cooking techniques, and food safety, with an opportunity to sample delicious recipes. After the training, you will have the opportunity to volunteer in food demonstrations and displays at health fairs or farmers’ markets, food preparation and food safety classes, assisting with nutrition education programs or create your own forum for outreach in your community.

If are interested in becoming a Master Food Volunteer, please contact Ann Vargo (avargo@vt.edu; 804-751-4401) or Pegi Wright (lvwright@vt.edu;804-775-3062)

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