City of Petersburg Office
City of Petersburg Office

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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2015 FCS Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes

The City of Petersburg is now offering "2015 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— or Jenny Stanifer—

Session Number 2 will be held for eight (8) weeks on Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015.  

Click this link 2015 Pathways to Effective Parenting Registration Session 2 (PDF | 469KB) 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.

Boxwood Blight on Holiday Greenery Update

Boxwood blight has been present in Virginia since 2011 and has since spread from its original location in Carroll County to a number of other counties around the state by movement of infected plants. Because much of Virginia’s greenery production industry is located in areas where boxwood blight is known to occur, the potential for spread of the disease on boxwood greenery also exists. Last year we sent a notice regarding the potential for spread of the disease via holiday boxwood greenery. Now that potential has become a reality in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently discovered boxwood blight in holiday boxwood greenery sold at several retail locations in North Carolina. Although the fungus that causes boxwood blight is not active at cold temperatures, it produces structures that can survive on plant debris over the winter. The fungus could potentially infect nearby susceptible plants in the landscape when favorable weather conditions return. Therefore, it is very important that boxwood greenery be properly disposed after the holidays by double-bagging and removing to the landfill. Do not compost boxwood greenery and do not leave it in cull piles in the landscape. Inspect boxwood greenery carefully for symptoms of boxwood blight before introducing it to a site containing susceptible boxwood plants and discard symptomatic greenery as described above. Symptoms of boxwood blight include brown leaf spots with dark border, black streaks on green stems, and leaf drop. Be aware, however, that even asymptomatic greenery could potentially harbor the pathogen. If clientele have highly valued boxwood in their landscape, they may want to avoid introducing boxwood greenery altogether.

For more information on the North Carolina situation, refer to the NCSU Plant Disease and Insect Clinic blog at:

For more information on boxwood blight in general, including Best Management Practices for the greenery industry, landscapers, home growers, and retail and wholesale nurseries, refer to the Virginia Boxwood Blight Task Force web site at:

Please make sure that property managers of historic sites in your area are informed about this update.

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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