As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services.  We will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.  We will provide information on local office hours, programming, and more as it becomes available.  We look forward to continuing to serve our community.

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The Powhatan 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 Powhatan 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.

What's New & Upcoming:

Powhatan County 4-H sponsors a fun-filled week-long residential summer camp each year for youth between the ages of 9-13 years. We are currently making plans to offer Powhatan 4-H camp at half capacity this year during the week of July 26-30, 2021 at Jamestown 4-H Center. 

Camp fees cover lodging, meals, class supplies, and daily snacks. Transportation for campers will NOT be provided this year due to the need to socially distance. There are limited spaces available and slots will fill quickly. Campers will participate in a variety of classes and free recreation activities, including paddle board, nature crafts, fishing, Maker projects and more. Jamestown 4-H Camp is situated on 16 wooded and open acres, located outside of Williamsburg along the banks of the James River. The facilities include air-conditioned cabins and lodges, swimming pool with diving board, air rifle and archery ranges, amphitheater for campfire programs and picnic pavilions. The recreation hall and dining facility are also air conditioned. Jamestown 4-H Camp maintains a rustic, country atmosphere. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, so you can rest assured that your child will have a safe and quality camping experience with 4-H.

Details about 4-H Camp and registration can be found at our website:      https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/ghp4hcamp/home. General registration opens on April 2nd. 

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Register for one or all sessions. Virtual demonstrations through May 2021.   https://forms.gle/TcQqZZEdx3qefjeYA    Fee $15

Home Food Preservation Virtual Program

After registering, complete the course at your own pace until December 31, 2021. Fee $15   tinyurl.com/VCE-HomeFoodPreservation

For statewide program offering calendar: CLICK HERE

 

 Virtual Master Gardener Help Desk

Email your questions about your roses, boxwood, or tomatoes. Would you like an insect, plant or tree identified?  Send an email to gpmastergardener@gmail.com and a Master Gardener will try to assist in answering your horticulture questions.  If needed you may attach photos to illustrate your question.

Agriculture & Natural Resource Services Available

  • Soil Sample Test Kits: Tests are performed to evaluate the soil's nutrient potential and to determine the most beneficial application rates of fertilizer and lime for optimum plant growth. Accurate soil analysis with subsequent recommendations provide a tool for making economical and ecological land use decisions. Maximum economic yields are realized through careful management of nutrient availability. Over-fertilization is costly and may be damaging to the environment.
    • Soil test boxes and forms for both FARMS and GARDENS/LAWNS are available behind the Powhatan Extension office at the "Demonstration Garden" sign post. *If you need a large amount please contact our office ahead of time at (804) 598-5640*
Post at demonstration garden entrance behind office with soil test box.
  • Hay/Forage Testing: This is the only way to determine the actual nutrient content of the hay you are feeding your animals or those of your clients. It is important to know this so that you can be sure your animals are consuming an adequate diet and what supplements may or may not be needed.
    • The Powhatan Extension office has a gas drill and hay probe to assist you in pulling these samples. Please contact Rachel Henley (804) 385-5370 for more details and assistance using this resource.
  • Digital Livestock Scales: Weighing cattle can have huge benefits for accurate administration of medicine and treatments as well as understanding weight gains and production of your beef cattle, sheep or goats.
    • Contact the Powhatan Extension office at (804) 598-5640 to schedule to utilize the digital livestock scales.
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Other COVID-19 Resources

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4-H Youth Opportunities

A 4-H member is any boy or girl, age 5-18, who enrolls and participates in a planned sequence of related learning experiences for a minimum of six (6) hours under the guidance of Extension-trained volunteers or Extension staff members.

  • The 4-H year begins October 1 and ends September 30 annually.
  • To be eligible to participate in State 4-H competitions through Powhatan 4-H program, youth must be enrolled online in the project no later than January 1 to qualify.
  • For more information, see our 4-H Youth Development information.

Powhatan Extension Office E-mail Mailing Lists

Are you interested in learning more about gardening, horses, goats, or you are an agricultural producer interested in pest updates? Click here and sign up to be on the Powhatan Extension office e-mail/mailing lists. We are a not for profit educational non-bias organization, here to serve you. These lists are confidential and we will not sell or share your information. You will receive a few e-mails a month about upcoming educational events in the area related to your interests. To unsubscribe please reply to e-mail received or contact our office. We look forward to seeing you out at an upcoming educational event soon!”

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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.


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