Junior 4-H Camp at Jamestown: Gloucester/Essex Week is June 19-23, 2023

Camp webpage

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.


4-H Clubs in Gloucester

In Gloucester we have 4-H horse clubs,  community and animal science clubs and a group for 4-H cloverbuds (ages 5-8).

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

Frank Long,  ANR Agent

Middlesex Extension Office

(804) 758-4120



Robbie Longest, ANR Agent

Essex Extension Office







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


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

The Gloucester Master Gardeners will present Second Saturday programs throughout the summer. These gardening presentations will be at Brent and Becky’s in the Chesapeake Room at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for :

  • November 12th: Rooting and Caring for Hydrangeas
  • December  10th: Caring for and Making Gardening Tools


Winter Library Series (Main Street)     

            January 11, 2023: Web-Footed Waterfoul  (registration opens 12/28/2022)

            February  8, 2023: Bee City Gloucester (registration opens 1/26/2023)

            March 8, 2023: Terrapin Dash (registration opens 2/22/2023)

            April 12, 2023: Amphibians Alive! (registration opens 3/29/2023)

            May 10, 2023: Snakes in Gloucester (registration opens 4/26/2023)    

            ** Call Mainstreet Library to register, 804-693-2998



Virginia's Home Garden Vegetable Planting Guide

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



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



How to Make a Payment for Sample Submission to the 

Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic



  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.

According to records held by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, one or both categories of your private pesticide applicator permit will expire December 31, 2022 (CATEGORIES 90 & 91). If you have attended a private pesticide recertification event since March 2022, please contact your local Extension office to verify your recertification requirements since records have not been updated.

In-person recertification classes will be delivered by area Extension agents at several locations and dates listed below. Please pre-register with your desired location for recertification. Extension will follow current COVID-19 guidelines; if community transmission is high in the county, you will be asked to wear a mask. To pre-register, please call the number listed for the recertification class you would like to attend.

An online private pesticide recertification course is available through Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs for applicators to complete at their own pace. You will need access to the internet and an email address to be registered. Registration is $30. If you would like to register for the online course, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/VCE-VTPP-PAR-90-91

NOVEMBER 30:  Cooks Corner Office Complex @ 2:00 PM     Call Frank Long 804-758-4120

DECEMBER 1:   Old Beal Sanctuary @ 5:30 PM   Call Robbie Longest 804-443-3551


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.

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