City of Petersburg Staff
City of Petersburg Staff

The City of Petersburg 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 City of Petersburg improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

400 Farmer Street
Suite 218
Petersburg, VA 23803-6367

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (804) 733-1880
Fax: (804) 733-1950
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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

2015 National Family Week, November 22-28, 2015

National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving. The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and its member organizations have annually promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years.

During Thanksgiving week, the City of Petersburg Virginia Cooperative Extension office will join thousands of people and organizations across the United States to celebrate National Family Week November 22-28, 2015 and were asking the citizens of Petersburg City to join in. See tips below how you can do this in your community.

  • Blow the dust off those board games. When was the last time you played Monopoly anyway? Teach your family all the card games you know. If you don't remember any, get a hold of 101 Best Family Card Game!
  • Have some friends over to watch a movie at home! Let the kids take every cushion off the sofa and build a fort. Crawl through once or twice yourself.
  • Take the kids to the library and sign up for a library card! Show them how to check out books and experience the library and all it has to offer!
  • Share a skill with your kids -- do you knit, sew, tie flies, play an instrument? Spend some time passing your knowledge on.
  • Take a class together. Isn't there something you'd ALL like to learn to do?
  • Have a family letter writing party. And no, not using e-mail, but pens, paper, crayons and markers. Grandma, Grandpa, and faraway friends will be thrilled. You could decorate all of your holiday cards with the help of your whole family this year!
  • Have a dance party in the living room.
  • Bake something -- even the youngest can help with simple cookie recipes.
  • Put a puzzle together. This is something any age can help with!
  • Cook dinner together. Have the entire family pitch in with setting the table, etc.
  • Get crafty -- there are tons of books with terrific craft projects in them!
  • Do something for someone else -- spend the evening working with a community group or charity to help families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday!
  • Most importantly….include the entire family and have fun together!

For additional information on this National Move visit

Upcoming Events-Petersburg FCS

2015-2016 FCS Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes

The City of Petersburg is now offering "2016 Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes" for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and anyone needing help with parenting and communication skills. Information focuses on pre-school children, primary, elementary school-aged children and teens. Certificates are awarded to those participants that complete the entire eight (8) weeks session.  Pre-registration is required. Maximum of 25 participants per class. Register Early!  Classes fill up very quickly.  For questions call 804-733-1880 or email Katrina Kirby—

Session Number 1 will be held for eight (8) weeks on January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2016

Session Number 2 will be held for eight (8) weeks on March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016  

Click these links 2016 Pathways to Effective Parenting Registration Session 1 (PDF | 522KB) or 2016 Pathways to Effective Parenting Registration Session 2 (PDF | 521KB) and  to fill in the form and then print and fax—804-733-1950, email to or mail to VCE-City of Petersburg, 400 Farmer St., Suite 218, Petersburg, VA 23803-6367.

Manage Your Holiday Spending

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It’s that time of year when stores display holiday decorations, increase inventory, and gear up for the onset of holiday shoppers. But before starting your seasonal shopping, take stock of how much money you have available for holiday spending.

Ideally, you’ve planned and budgeted for the holidays all year long. If you started last January by developing an annual budget, figuring out how much you wanted to save by the end of the year, and then setting it aside on a monthly basis, you’d be ready to head to the mall.

If not, you can still avoid stress and strain by managing your holiday spending.  Click the link below for a simple holiday spending plan. Contact your local FCS Agent, Katrina Kirby for additional information.

Holiday Spending Plan Flyer (PDF | 143KB)

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Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Why Prepare?

If you think about it, you take precautions every day, not just when an emergency occurs. For instance, you wear a seat belt in the car just to protect you in case of an accident. You make your children wear helmets when they ride their bicycles. You double check your iron to make sure it is unplugged.

Preparing for emergencies is not new. Your grandparents probably have extra supplies, such as: soap and shampoo in the bathroom closets, onions and potatoes stored in the basement, and canned goods on pantry shelves in their home. They understood the value of having a little extra on hand in case of emergencies.

All states and counties have experienced disasters. Virginian's have experienced ice storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and power outages.  It is wise to be prepared for the unexpected.

What is in This Brochure?

This brochure describes how to cope with an emergency situation and protect your family. It will help you to:

  • Assemble an emergency kit
  • Develop a family communication plan
  • Develop a family evacuation plan
  • Develop an in-home care plan for family members with special needs.

Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do