- Soil Sample Soil testing for lawn/garden. Stop by our office to pick up soil boxes.
Annual Well Water Testing
Goochland Powhatan Master Gardener Class
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 telphone 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 utilized. Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.
Goochland Powhatan Master Gardener training classes typically begin in January. For more information contact your local extension office.
Goochland, 2748 Dogtown Road, Goochland, VA 23063
Phone # 804-556-5841
Powhatan, 3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139
Phone # 804-598-5640
Huguenot Beekeepers Association is a group of experienced and beginner beekeepers that are dedicated to promoting beekeeping in our communities and supporting follow beekeepers. Trained community leaders also work with residents to increase knowledge and understanding through an annual Beginning Beekeeping Course and many community events. They meet on the first Thursday of each month in the Powhatan Village Building Auditorium from 7-9pm.
Visit the Huguenot Beekeepers Association’s website for details: http://huguenotbeekeepers.org/
Click below to view some helpful beekeeping information.
- Beekeeping Books and Magazines
- Beekeeping Equipment and Supply Sources
- Beekeeping Tips for Beginners
- Hives for Hire
- Honeybee Pollination
- Suburban Beekeeping
- Year in a Virginia Apiary
- Beginner Beekeeping Tips
Forestry and Natural Resources
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators help improve the quality of life for individuals and families by providing programs to help people increase knowledge and make informed decisions. Educational workshops support economic self-sufficiency and family stability. FCS programs also emphasize best practices in nutrition choices, encourage physical activity, and improve health literacy.
Budgeting and debt management workshops
Classes help participants create effective spending plans, understand how to access and read their credit reports, rebuild and maintain a good credit record, and establish savings. Financial programs can be presented to public, civic and church groups at the Powhatan Village Building, Powhatan Public Library, senior centers, house of worship and other sites. Programs are free of charge. For more information on financial workshops contact Jane Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Powhatan Extension Office at 804-561-2481.
One-on-one financial counseling
The Powhatan County Extension office has a limited number of one-on–one financial counseling sessions available to Powhatan residents. Individuals and families can receive assistance with the creation of a spending and savings plan, reconciling debt, setting and achieving financial goals and other financial issues and concerns. Contact the Powhatan County Extension office to arrange an appointment.
Publications on a variety of issues including:
- Taking Charge of Finances
- Health Care
- Home Business Management
- Loss of Income
- Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning.
Use these helpful links to increase your knowledge of money management issues:
- Annual Credit Report - http://www.annualcreditreport.com/
Go here to get your FREE annual credit report!
- Federal Trade Commission for the Consumer - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm
Education is a key tool to prevent consumer injury. This website offers publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.
- Federal Trade Commission - National Resource on IDENTITY THEFT - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/
This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help protect individuals from identity theft, as well as steps to take if it occurs. It is also a comprehensive reference center – for consumers, businesses, law enforcement, and the media – with access to specific laws, contact information, and resources from state and federal government agencies.
- MyMoney.gov - http://www.mymoney.gov/
The Federal Government’s website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about their money – how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet your personal goals.
Nutrition education classes assist participants learn and adopt good food and nutrition practices that promote optimal health. Programs emphasize sound nutrition choices, encourage healthy lifestyles, support the prevention of chronic disease, and encourage safe methods of food preservation.
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Food and Nutrition Publications
Publications on a variety of issues including:
- Health & Nutrition: Cancer Prevention, Heart Disease, Childhood Nutrition, Cooking & Meal Planning, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Shopping, Health & Exercise, Adult and Childhood Weight Management.
- Food Safety: Food Borne Pathogens, Safe Food Handling and Food Allergies.
- Food Preservation: Canning Methods, Freezing and Dehydrating.
- Recalls and Alerts https://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls/index.html
- Understanding and Managing Food Allergies http://digitalpubs.ext.vt.edu/vcedigitalpubs/3194233628183933/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=1#pg1
- When the Power Goes Out https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/3108/3108-7024/3108-7024_PDF.pdf
Use these helpful links to increase your knowledge of topics regarding health, nutrition and home food preservation:
- MyPlate - http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
The Federal Government’s dietary guidelines offers information on the five major food groups, and a site where individuals can create personalized eating plans. MyPlate also has interactive tools to help assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Spend Smart, Eat Smart - http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/
Iowa State Extension’s Spend Smart Eat Smart website has a wealth of resources including money saving tips for meal planning and grocery shopping, interactive activities, recipe videos and blogs hosted by ISU Extension nutrition specialists.
- The National Center for Home Food Preservation - http://nchfp.uga.edu/
The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.
Powhatan County Extension also offers free Pressure Canner Gauge Testing: The dial gauge on your pressure canner lid should be checked at least every 2 years, preferably every year. Schedule an appointment to bring your canner lid with the dial gauge by the local extension office to have the gauge tested. There is no fee for this service.
Powhatan 4-H has a wide variety of programs that focus on hands-on, experiential learning. We rely on our knowledgeable volunteers to lead 4-H clubs and programs so that we can reach as many youth in Powhatan County as possible. Please check out Powhatan's 4-H Program (link below) for a listing of opportunities offered locally. Contact the Powhatan Extension Office for details on any of these programs. If you don't see something that suits your child, we'll be glad to help you start a new 4-H club. Please contact the Powhatan Extension Office at (804) 598-5640 for further details.
Inspire the next generation - become a 4-H volunteer! 4-H programs look to volunteers to help young people learn the skills they need to prepare for their futures while also having fun. There are many adult volunteer opportunities in 4-H!
Engaging with Communities
Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues