The Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland 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.


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 2019 Westmoreland County VCE Annual Report

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Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association Scholarship

The Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association continues their commitment to agriculture and the region this year by offering five scholarships totaling $10,000 to deserving area youth studying agriculture.  Eligible applicants must live in one of the following counties: Caroline, Essex, Hanover, Gloucester, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Westmoreland.  Successful applicants must be 18-24 yrs. old and at least graduating seniors in high school.  These funds are only eligible for use for undergraduate course work and can include community college agricultural programming and technical training.  New this year are two $1000 scholarships intended for students enrolled in a two-year agriculture program.  A strong emphasis will be placed on a demonstrated commitment to agriculture not only with course work but also community involvement and career goals.

For more information and an application call the Westmoreland County Extension Office or click HERE


4H Grows Campers - 2020 Camp Registration is Now Open

Registration is open and spaces are available for 4-H Jr. Camp.  Westmoreland and Richmond County boys and girls ages 9-13 can attend 4-H Jr. Camp at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center from July 13-17, 2020.  4-H Camp is a week of fun, hands-on experiences where children “learn by doing”.   4-H camp is cooperative group living in a natural environment that focuses on developing life skills, social, spiritual, mental and physical development in young people.  Camping experiences include swimming, canoeing, campfires, new friends and playing games all under the supervision of caring adults.  Only $250 (paid in full by May 4, $270 otherwise) covers everything – all meals, lodging, programs and transportation.  Financial aid is available.  To register, request a brochure or scholarship application or to ask questions, visit either office’s webpage (Westmoreland: ;  Richmond County: or contact your county’s extension office.  Westmoreland County – 493-8924, Richmond County – 333-3420.

4-H Camp grows life skills.  An electronic survey completed by our campers on the last day of 2018 camp shows that campers increased their capacity to make new friends, make their own decisions, try new things, enjoy nature, express his/her opinions, communicate with adults and teens, recognize bullying and understand/demonstrate the six pillars of character.  Campers felt that camp participation increased their communication, leadership, goal setting and community service life skills.

Our 4-H Center occupies a beautiful 16 acre riverfront site near the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg.  Facilities include air-conditioned lodges and cabins, dining hall, recreation hall, health clinic, pool and aquatic resource center.  4-H camp staff extension agents and trained volunteer leaders provide camper supervision, instruction and support.  The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center has earned the American Camping Association accreditation for its standards of safety and excellence.  American Camping Association accreditation is the seal of approval for camping facilities and programs

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and its programs are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).   What does that mean?  ACA is the only organization that accredits all types of camps, with up to 300 national standards for health and safety.  ACA camps have undergone a thorough review of operations.  This includes things like staff qualifications and training to emergency management.  Safe environments promote positive youth development.  ACA camps provide: healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences, discovery through experiential education, caring and competent role models, service to the community and environment, and opportunities for leadership and personal growth.

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 Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* or the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 30 days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Registration available HERE


Teen Leader Application 2020

Leadership Opportunity for Teens – Applications Available Now

The Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H program is now recruiting teens who are interested in serving in a leadership role at 2020 4-H camp.  Youth interested in serving as Teen Leaders must be at least 14 years old by 1/1/2020 to be eligible to apply and must be available to serve for the Westmoreland and Richmond County’s camping week – July 13-17, 2020.

Teen leaders serve a critical role while at camp.  They are responsible for supervising children during the camping session, providing for the safety and well-being of each camp participant; assisting with camp classes, programs, and activities and being on-time and present for all assigned activities.  Teen leaders should be able and willing to treat each camper, staff person, and their peers with respect and dignity at all times and should show a genuine concern for children by communicating, advising, assisting, and establishing a warm, friendly relationship with them.  Teens must demonstrate a willingness to work as a member of a team with other staff persons, teens and adults, summer camp staff, and under the supervision, guidance, direction, and leadership of the Extension staff in charge of the 4-H camping program.  Teens should be able and willing to accept and perform leadership roles (being a “leader”) as a 4-H camp teen counselor, and be able and willing to work as a member of the team when others are in the leadership position (being a “follower”).

Applications and reference forms are available now at the Extension Office or electronically by request.  Deadline for application and references is February 7, 2020.  Application does not guarantee selection.  Training is required and provided by Extension Staff.  An orientation session will be held in the evening on March 12.  Please contact Wendy Herdman if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* or the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Application Available HERE


Mosquito Briquettes

Mosquitoes occur throughout Virginia and are both a nuisance, as well as a potential disease carrier.  Eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats around the home landscape is a critical part of a mosquito control program.  Check out VCE’s mosquito publication:

In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge.  Altosid XR ( is an insecticide that works by preventing the emergence of adult mosquitoes and is used in potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as roadside ditches and other standing water.  The briquettes are slow release providing control for up to 150 days.  Visit the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building to pick up the briquettes.  Briquettes are available based on the amount of standing water present with a limit of 5 per household.


Standard 4-H Enrollment Forms

4-H Program Enrollment Form: Youth Code of Conduct

4-H Program Enrollment Form: 4-H Youth Member Enrollment

4-H Program Enrollment Form: Health History


Wildlife Conflict Hotline

The Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline, run by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), is a resource for resolving human-wildlife conflicts.  It is a collaborative effort between the VDGIF and U.S. Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services to address human-wildlife interactions by sharing science-based wildlife information.  The helpline is available toll-free at (855)571-9003, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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