Powhatan County Staff

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

September 13 - Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate

Do you remember making pies with your grandmother? Maybe it is not a pie, but everyone has a special memento that reminds him or her of someone very dear.  This workshop helps families to navigate the conversation about who gets your personal items, usually not listed in a will.   Powhatan Extension Meeting Room 10 - 12:00 PM.  Pre-Registration Required.  $15/ workbook included.  To register select the link below.  https://goo.gl/forms/liHtGTQXYwMKpLMS2

September 25 - Drinking Water Clinic

Do you know what’s in your water?  Do you have a well, spring or cistern? Learn about your water quality through affordable, confidential testing and become empowered to make decisions about system maintenance and water treatment!

The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with private water supplies, including wells, springs, and cisterns.

How does it work?
1.     Receive directions about sample collection and a sample kit at the local Extension office.
2.     Collect samples on the designated date and drop off locally.
3.     Samples are analyzed at Virginia Tech.
4.     Receive your confidential results, an explanation of what they mean, and information about addressing any problems or concerns at a local meeting.

Pick up sample kit and receive directions to collect samples
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 6 pm Powhatan Village Building Auditorium
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139

Drop off samples  
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, between 7 am – 9 am Powhatan Extension Office (basement)
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139

Results meeting    
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 6 pm Powhatan Village Building Auditorium
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139

The water testing covers 14 common contaminants, including Iron, Manganese, Sulfate, Hardness, Sodium, Copper, Nitrate, Arsenic, Fluoride, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, Coliform Bacteria, E. Coli Bacteria, and Lead.  The cost for the sample analysis is $55 per sample kit (cash or check), which is due with pre-registration before the kick-off meeting where participants receive their sample kit.  Make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. There will be a $50.00 service charge on all returned checks.

Please pre-register – space is limited!  For questions, contact Rachel Henley or Allison Walters: rachelhenley@vt.edu or allisw2@vt.edu or call (804)598-5640

REGISTER at the link: https://tinyurl.com/watertest18

September 29 - Learn How to Gather and Store Native Plant Seeds for Your Next Year’s Garden         

Powhatan Library 2270 Mann Road 11:00 - 1:00 PM Pre-Registration Required.

The Goochland Powhatan Master Gardener Association will host a workshop demonstrating native plant seed collection and storage methods and discuss when to plant.  Materials will be provided and there is no charge for the program, but space is limited.  Call the Powhatan Extension office at (804) 598-5640 before September 21, 2018, to reserve your seat.

Saturday Garden Tours
September 29 - The Glowing Fall Garden
November 10 - The Intriguing Winter Garden

Join the Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners for seasonal tours of the Gardens on the Goochland campus of Reynolds Community College.  Each walking tour starts promptly at , at the entrance to the main building.  The tours are free, but you must pre-register for each tour.  Registration for each tour date will open 1 month before the tour at the link below.  https://goo.gl/forms/GrinkiONPmEdy09f2

October 6 - Food Safety Training for Volunteers

Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers like you for a variety of food events for fundraising, fellowship, food pantries or other services to the community. This Safe Food Handling workshop is designed specifically for Volunteers. 9:30 – 12:00PM.  Pre-registration required. $15.  To register select the link below.


October 23 - Cooking with Fall Vegetables: Pumpkins and Squash

Powhatan Extension Office Meeting Room 9:00 - 11:30 AM.  Pre-Registration Required. $5.00.  To register select the link below.    https://goo.gl/forms/ayRXgIFT4BZIpukC3

Goochland Powhatan Master Gardener Class of 2019

Goochland Powhatan Master Gardener training classes are taught by Virginia Tech Extension specialists, agents, and local experts. The program offers a minimum of 50 hours of instruction that covers topics including garden flowers; ornamental trees and shrubs, insect/plant disease identification, weed management; soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening; home fruit production; lawn care; and water conservation.  

In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program. At least 50 hours of volunteer service within one year following the training is required to earn the title of “ Master Gardener”.

The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs, and the abilities and interests of the Master Gardeners. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Others staff plant clinics or displays at community events. Master Gardeners may speak to local groups and conduct workshops. They may help establish community garden projects, work with 4-H youth, or assist their agent with news or radio releases related to gardening. The Master Gardener Coordinator in the County Extension office decides how volunteer time can be best utilized.  Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.

Tuition for the class is $135 (cash or check).  Make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. There will be a $50.00 service charge on all returned checks.

For more information contact your local extension office.

To access the 2019 Master Gardener Application click here.   See below to download an application for the class. Completed applications and tuition can be dropped off at the Goochland or Powhatan Extension office by November 2, 2018:

Goochland, 1876 Sandy Hook Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
Phone # 804-556-5841
Powhatan, 3910 Old Buckingham Road, Suite B, Powhatan, VA 23139
Phone #804-598-5640

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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