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2024 4-H Jr. Summer Camp

Jamestown 4-H Center also has specialty weekend camps throughout the year for youth ages 5-13 with counseling opportunities for older youth. Visit Jamestown on the web at www.jamestown4hcenter.org.

 

 

2024 4-H Day Camps

Please visit the 4-H Day Camp website for information about each camp and access the required registration form. 

 

 

 

 

4-H Clubs in Gloucester

Typically 4-H clubs meet once a month. They provide lots of fun learning experiences while building leadership and citizenship skills through work on 4-H projects and community service.

Call (804) 693-2602 for information about joining a club, volunteering, and starting new clubs.

4-H Club Descriptions

 
Gloucester 4-H Horse Club 

Open to youth aged 9-18. Learn all about horses, participate in horse education contests and riding events.

 

4-H Animal Science Club

Open to youth aged 9-18. Explore a variety of animal science activities and projects related to your chosen animal.

 

Cloverbud's 

Open to youth aged 5-8 (cannot turn 9 within the current 4-H year). Explore the treasures of 4-H through crafts, nature and community service projects. 

 

 

 

4-H Peer Teacher/Jr. Interpreter Program

2024 APPLICATION PERIOD IS CLOSED

4-H Camp

Frank Long,  ANR Agent

Middlesex Extension Office

(804) 758-4120

flong269@vt.edu

 

Robbie Longest, ANR Agent

Essex Extension Office

(804) 443-3551

robbiel7@vt.edu

The Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Composed of 30 semi-independent, locally focused chapters, the program is actively supported, guided, and represented by the over-arching statewide VMN program.

Become a Master Naturalist HERE

Soil samples are analyzed for specific soil nutrients to determine proper application rates of fertilizer and lime for optimum plant growth. Routine analysis includes soil pH, P, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, Mn, Cu, Fe, and B. Soluble Salts and Organic Matter tests are also available. Completed soil test results, along with a recommendation on fertilization and liming, are mailed to the client.  Sampling and mailing instructions are found on the sample boxes and forms, which should be sent directly to the lab with the soil sample and payment.

Soil sample boxes and information sheets are available at these locations:

* VCE Gloucester Office 

* Tractor Supply (6499 Market Dr, Gloucester, VA 23061)

* Ace  Hardware (2384 Hayes Rd, Hayes, VA 23072)

In State samples are $10.00

Home & Garden Sample Form

Commercial Crop Production Sample Form

  

SEND A PLANT DISEASE IDENTIFICATION 

SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

 

 

 
 

 

How to pay for your sample (BEFORE SHIPPING)

  1.  Access the Gloucester County-Virginia Cooperative Extension Destiny One Payment website with the following url:  https://tinyurl.com/VCE-PDC-Gloucester
  2.  If this is the first time you have paid for a sample in Destiny One, you will have to create an account. If you already have an account, skip to Step 3.
  3.  Follow the directions on the Destiny One payment page to complete your payment.
  4.  When you have completed your payment print a hard or digital copy of the payment receipt. A payment receipt must be included with a digital or physical submission. When submitting a sample, include a hardcopy of the payment receipt in the package to be mailed OR if the VCE office is mailing the sample or uploading a digital submission for you, provide the payment receipt to the VCE office.

Note: If you are unable or do not wish to pay by credit card via the Destiny One Payment website, you may pay by check or cash at the Gloucester VCE Office. The Plant Disease Clinic will not accept check or cash for payment.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Gloucester County Office

6099 TC Walker Rd

PO Box 156

Gloucester, VA 23061

 

 

 
     

The Virginia Tech Insect Identification Lab provides identification and control recommendations to Virginia Cooperative Extension agents.  Insect samples and insect damaged plant material from any structural, plant, or animal hosts are accepted. Insects are identified to the lowest taxonomic level needed for control decisions. Control recommendations accompany insect identification results, which are sent back electronically to each Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Digital photos can also be used for identification. 

Many insects can be identified and control recommendations provided by your local Extension Office.

 

Three Things to Know about Well Water

1. We’ve heard a lot about lead and other metals in drinking water recently, but what you may not know is that it is incredible rare for these metals to be naturally found in groundwater. Instead, water that is either too low in pH, and/or has other corrosive elements, is leaching the metal from plumbing components. The water doesn’t have to be all that corrosive or acidic to leach metals either, it’s generally recommended that drinking water have pH above 6.5 to prevent corrosion, which means regular rain water is more than acidic enough to leach metals from your pipes!

2. There are quite a few different sources of potential contaminants to drinking water; surface contaminants could be getting into your drinking water, especially if the well head or grouting is not well maintained, metals could be leached from your plumbing, sodium may be added from your softener, and many contaminants come naturally from the groundwater if they aren’t addressed with treatment devices.

3. How often should you test your drinking water? Generally, it’s recommended to test for bacteria annually, and do more comprehensive tests every three years or so, including testing for pH, total dissolved solids and other local concerns. Testing is particularly important since some of the contaminants most detrimental to your health (E. coli, nitrates, lead, among others), may be at high enough levels to cause serious health issues without you ever noticing a different smell, taste, or appearance.

The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping.

The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Our funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to offer the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia.

 

The Family Nutrition Program offers a range of programs to teach the basics of healthy eating, active living, food safety, and menu planning on a budget.

If you are interested in signing up for one of these programs or would like to work with the Family Nutrition Program to offer these programs in your organization, please contact Elizabeth Hayes at (804) 693-2602.

 

 

SUBMIT A QUESTION TO THE

GLOUCESTER MASTER GARDENERS HERE

 

Our mission as trained volunteers in partnership with the Gloucester County, Virginia Cooperative Extension, is to provide horticultural educational opportunities to the public, through research-based horticultural education programs and activities to enhance the environment and lives of residents in our community.

 

 

Become a Master Gardener HERE

 

 

Upcoming Master Gardener Events: 

 

Third Saturdays with Master Gardeners at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

The Gloucester Master Gardeners will present Third Saturday programs throughout the year. These gardening presentations will be at Brent and Becky’s in the Chesapeake Room at 10:00 a.m. No registration is required and programs are FREE

Join us for :

July 20th- Ways to Preserve Your Harvest

August 24th- Native Plants

September 28th- Hydrangeas

October 19th- Herbs

November 16th- What Happened to My Garden?

December 14th- Grow Something Different to Eat Next Year

 

Other Upcoming Events

August 17th: National Honey Bee Day Celebration at Brent & Becky's. Join the Gloucester Master Gardeners and The Colonial Beekeepers Association to learn everything you've ever wanted to know about Honey Bees!

September 13th & 14th: Gloucester Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale. Join the Gloucester Master Gardeners for their 22nd Annual Plant Extravaganza! The sale is held at The Gloucester Moose Lodge (6565 Moose Drive) on Friday, 9/13 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Saturday, 9/14 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

 

 

     

 

RESOURCES:

Home Gardening in Gloucester   

Virginia's Home Garden Vegetable Planting Guide    

VTechWorks (VCE) Publications Database   (search by topic to pull up publications)

 

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:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expertsystem.

Community Viability Specialists

 

2023 Needs Assessment

Virginia Cooperative Extension Gloucester County Needs Assessment Survey.

https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_74ev02csbUlkOJE

Gloucester’s office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is conducting a needs assessment. This survey will help us to identify needs in our community, and may serve as a guide to future programing—so that we may better help you. If you would take 5- 10 minutes to complete this survey, we would very much appreciate it. You do not need to have participated in our programs, or even to be familiar with them, to participate. We would like to hear from as many as possible—all walks of life. The survey is easy to access and mobile friendly. Please help us by sharing this survey with others who live or work in Gloucester County.