Upcoming Events

Food Safety 101:  Virginia Cooperative Extension in Westmoreland County will be hosting Food Safety 101 on Friday, February 26th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the AT Johnson Building in Montross (18849 Kings Hwy).  Dr. Laura Strawn, Extension Food Safety Specialist, will provide an overview of food safety on the farm, including steps to take to ensure safe produce, how food safety practices can help you, the requirements for GAPs certification, and next steps in the process.  Registration fee is $5 to cover the cost of materials and can be paid at the door.  Attendees will receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.  Please call the Westmoreland County Extension office at 493-8924 for more information and to register.

Scale Certifications: Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will be hosting a Farmers’ Market Scale Certification on Tuesday, March 15th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Extension Office in Westmoreland County.  Farmers may bring produce scales used at farmers’ markets or roadside stands to be certified for use by VDACS.  Please call the Westmoreland County Extension office at 493-8924 for more information and to register for a time to bring in your scales.

Cover Crop/Precision Ag Field Day:  March 1, 2016.  2:00 PM

Beale Memorial Baptist Church, 19622 Tidewater Trail, Tappahannock

RSVP Required For Dinner By February 26

Contact Three Rivers SWCD @ (804)443-2327 ext. 101 

  • Visit demo plots - Cover crop systems, soil health/bio diversity and implementation comments from J. Minor, getting your planter ready for peak performance, overview of precision ag studies at the Minor Farm
  • Dr. Mark Reiter - Key Outcomes & Conclusions from the VR Soil Phosphorous, Potassium & pH Management Project
  • Dinner
  • Precision Agriculture Industry and Local Producer Panel discussion

Who? All boys and girls ages 5-18

What? Positive youth development through an informal education program conducted by our state land-grant universities (Virginia Tech and Virginia State), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments

Where? In the classroom, in a church, in someone’s home, at a library or other meeting place….

When? Anytime

Why? To teach citizenship, leadership and life skills that will help our young people to become  self-directing,contributing, and productive members of society

How? Through a partnership with caring adults like you

  • The central theme of 4-H education is “learn by doing.”  It is accomplished using an experiential learning model and hands-on activities.
  • Virginia 4-H Programs are organized around content areas. Many 4-H lessons address the objectives of Virginia SOL's and are designed for classroom use.
  • Please consider taking advantage of the resources available through 4-H. 4-H is here to help you and can provide materials, training and classroom support or visits.  There is support for you in these content areas:  
    • Animal Sciences
    • Citizenship
    • Communications and Expressive Arts
    • Natural Resources and Environmental Education
    • Family Sciences
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Health
    • Careers and Economic Education
    • Leadership and Personal Development
    • Plants, Soils, and Entomology
    • Science, Engineering, and Technology

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

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Community Viability Specialists

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