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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Virginia Cooperative Extenison Summer Intern Opportuniy
Virginia Cooperative Extension in Westmoreland and Richmond Counties will be hiring an intern for the 2019 summer. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited college or university in a course of study relevant to the mission of Extension. The intern will work closely with the Westmoreland Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and the Westmoreland/Richmond 4-H Extension Agent on projects like corn and soybean variety trials, 4-H camp, monitoring insect populations in sweet corn and organizing 4-H events held at the Richmond County Fair.
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Please note that applications are not handled through local Extension offices; all interested individuals must visit the website listed to apply. Applications are due March 15, 2019 by 5:00 pm to the State Extension office in Blacksburg. For more information, please contact Stephanie Romelczyk or Wendy Herdman at the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924.
4H Grows Campers - 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 22-26, 2019. 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 $240 (paid in full by May 3, $260 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: https://westmoreland.ext.vt.edu/; Richmond County: https://richmond.ext.vt.edu/) 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.
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Mosquitos and their Control
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 updated 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 (limit 5 per household.
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.