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 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.

This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.

The City of Norfolk 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 the City of Norfolk improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT :

THE CITY OF NORFOLK OFFICE OF VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020.  

We are monitoring messages frequently and will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. Please continue to check here for updated information.

Virginia Cooperative Extension maintains an online resource for best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Virginia Department of Health provides coverage of COVID-19 cases in Virgina. This page updates daily prior to 10:00 AM. 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES REGARDING MYSTERY SEED PACKETS:

"If you are NOT a Virginia Resident, please contact your respective Department of Agriculture. Contact information can be found here: https://nationalplantboard.org/membership/.

If you are a Virginia Resident and are reporting Mystery Seed Packages, please see below for further information.
If you still have the seed packets and shipping/packaging materials, please do the following:
Do NOT open the seed packets;
Do NOT plant the seed packets;
Do NOT throw the seeds in the trash, flush them down the drain, or expose them to the environment in any way; and put all packaging materials and seeds into a Ziploc bag.

Ship all seed and packaging materials to the following address:
Chickeilla Carter
USDA-APHIS-PPQ
5657 South Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23231"

 

Calling all nonprofits, civic leagues, churches and other local organizations – it’s time to apply for this fall’s Retain Your Rain Project grant! Take the first step towards building that neighborhood garden or planting trees on your street. Apply before September 1 for the opportunity to receive up to $2500 from the City of Norfolk towards the environmental project of your choice. To fill out your application, click here: https://www.norfolk.gov/4780/Retain-Your-Rain-Mini-Grant 

Contact retainyourrain@norfolk.gov for questions about eligibility, input on your project idea and to submit your application!

Home Food Preservation Course   

Interested in learning to preserve your own food? This short self-paced course will provide participants with the basic knowledge of safe home food preservation methods.  It will discuss the science behind the specific methods that are used for home food preservation and introduce the learner to various methods of home food preservation (canning, freezing, dehydration, fermentation) using step-by-step guidance. Sign up here!

 

Home Vegetable Gardening Resources

Are you a new or experienced Virginia vegetable gardener? Virginia Cooperative Extension can help. See our resource guide below!

https://ext.vt.edu/lawn-garden/home-vegetables.html

What's New

Mindful Me Virtual Curriculum

Franklin County 4-H will be hosting Mindful Me Curriculum lessons for Cloverbuds and youth up to grade 3, beginning June 9. Check out the flyer below and register for 1 or all 5 of the sessions. You will be sent a list of materials required for each lesson. Get more information on the Franklin County 4-H Facebook Page and register here!

Get Gardening!

The Master Gardener program will hold a live Facebook event called "Get Gardening!" Each week, they will host a different specialist from Virginia Tech or Virginia State University. Check it out here!

Quarterly Newsletter Update - November 2019

Below is Norfolk VCE office’s second quarterly newsletter of the 2020 fiscal year. It includes all updates of what is happening in our office and around the beautiful city of Norfolk. We would love if you would pass and forward this newsletter along to others in the community and in your network. 

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NVCE November 2019 Quarterly Newsletter.pdf

Updated Volunteer Guidelines for Community Gardens

Due to current circumstances, the 20 volunteer hour requirement for Extension Master Gardeners has been waived by the Extension Master Gardener State Office for calendar year 2020. Volunteer opportunities available during this time are optional and should only be done if you are comfortable doing so, are feeling well, and haven’t been exposed to the virus. No VCE volunteer should feel pressured or obligated to volunteer if they are not comfortable doing so, even within what is currently allowed by Governor Northam’s Executive Order. Should you choose to proceed, the guidelines listed below have been set for the protection of both our volunteers and the communities they serve.

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Updated Volunteer Guidelines.pdf

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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