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.

 2021 Westmoreland County VCE Annual Report

Check out our impact and resources in the community on the link above!

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Our agents and staff are commited to meeting the needs of our community. Please reach out to us by phone, email or on our Facebook page.

                                        

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What's New

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Mark Your Calendars!

4-H Jr. Camp is for youth ages 9-13 and is a 1 week sleep-over camp held at the Jamestown 4-H Center.  Please add your contact info to this survey to receive camp forms when they become available: https://bit.ly/234Hcampinterest

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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 2023 4-H camp.  Youth interested in serving as Teen Leaders must be at least 14 years old by 1/1/2023 to be eligible to apply and must be available to serve for the Westmoreland and Richmond County’s camping week – July 3-7, 2023.

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”).

References listed in the application will receive a reference survey by email.  Deadline for application is February 24, 2023.  Application does not guarantee selection.  Training is required and provided by Extension Staff.  An orientation session for teens and parents will be held on an evening in March. Please contact Wendy Herdman if you have any questions or concerns.

Application: HERE

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Drinking Water Clinic

Questions about the safety and quality of your well water?

Join Extension in Westmoreland County for a Drinking Water Clinic!  Program will be held October/November 2023.  Water samples are $65.

Financial assistance may be available, please ask

Interested? Visit http://bit.ly/3Ukpd7o , scan QR code above or call the Extension Office in Westmoreland County at 804-493-8924.

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Preparation Course for Pesticide Certification Categories 60, 3A & 3B

The Richmond area Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices are pleased to announce the offering of a preparation course for individuals seeking certification in pesticide certification categories 60, 3A and 3B.  The classes will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 22 and 29.  We will also be offering an opportunity for those taking the preparation course to sit for the exam on Thursday, March 30 (VDACS Authorization to Test letter is required.)  The classes will be offered at the Henrico Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 6800 Staples Mill Rd, Henrico, VA 23228.  Lunch is not provided.  Participants can bring a brown bag lunch or go off-site for lunch. 

Please see attached brochures for complete details and registration information: HERE

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Northern Neck Master Gardener Shoreline Evaluation Program

Northern Neck Master Gardeners, working closely with partners at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and county governments, have built the Shoreline Evaluation Program.  The program is an educational outreach effort that has provided hundreds of property owners with recommendations for improving upland stormwater management, pollutant and sediment runoff, and shoreline erosion.

Taking care of a shoreline presents a unique set of challenges not faced by property owners inland. Shorelines are dynamic and can be affected by the features of the nearby landscape such as areas of pavement and even invasive species. Without careful planning and maintenance, shorelines can erode, which poses a potential threat to inland properties and structures.

Through the Shoreline Evaluation Program, Northern Neck Master Gardeners are helping property owners cope with these problems by providing personalized property reports and community outreach on healthy shorelines.

Read more about the Shoreline Evaluation Program here.

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Westmoreland County Virginia Cooperative Extension

Our agents and staff are commited to meet the needs of our community. There are resources posted on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website and our unit webpages. We also post information and educational programming to our Facebook pages. Please feel free to regularly visit and “like” these pages.

Virginia Cooperative Extension: https://ext.vt.edu/

Virginia Cooperative Extension facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaCooperativeExtension/

Virginia 4-H facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Virginia4HStateOffice/   

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Emergency Preparedness

Please visit Virginia Cooperative Extension's Emergency Preparedness website for information and resources to help be prepared for an emergency

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS HERE

This is a great time to get prepared for an emergency!

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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: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-202/ENTO-202-PDF.pdf

In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge.  Altosid XR (https://www.centralmosquitocontrol.com/-/media/files/centralmosquitocontrol-na/us/specimen%20labels/altosid%20xr-briquets%20specimen%20label.pdf) 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.

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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.

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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: http://bit.ly/2m0vYgp


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