The City of Richmond 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 City of Richmond improve their lives.
We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
Soil sample kits can be picked up at any City library service desk or by coming to the East District Initiative Building at 701 N. 25th Street Richmond VA 23223 between the hours of 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday. Kits are in a display next to the Security station just inside the building entrance.
On June 1 the VCE Richmond City office said goodbye to Brittany Council, our 4-H Youth Development/Urban Agriculture Extension Agent. Brittany had been with Virginia Cooperative Extension for more than 9 years, serving Richmond City since 2014.
Brittany will now be serving the residents of Volusia County (Florida) as their Urban Horticulture Extension Agent. We wish her the best as she starts this new chapter.
4-H Junior Camp is a five-day residential summer camp designed for youth aged 9-13 years. Richmond City uses the Jamestown 4-H Center located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Information for 2022 Summer Camp is now available! Reach out to Isaiah Morton at email@example.com or call 804-786-4150 ext. 3 with further questions.
Do you love gardening? Do you enjoy helping others learn? Do you feel a commitment to community service in the City of Richmond? If so, please join us for the Master Gardener course.
Master Gardeners are trained community leaders working with individuals to increase knowledge and understanding of envrionmentally sound horticulture. They seek to improve the quality of life in their comunities throught education. Master gardeners are specially trained by Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents who extend knowledge of Virginia's Land Grant Universities; Virginia Tech and Virginia State.
Richmond City VCE is currently without an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, necessary to lead Master Gardener classes. The earliest that a class in Richmond City will be held again will be fall of 2022.
The 4-H Embryology Project is a unique opportunity for Richmond City youth to experience first hand the incubation period and hatching of chickens. The incubation period takes a total of 21 days from initial incubation to hatching of the chicks. Eggs will be candled between 10-14 days into the incubation period. Children and teachers care for the eggs until the chicks are ready to hatch. After hatching the chicks may remain in the classroom for a maximum of 1 week before being released back to VCE Richmond City.
This program allows youth to learn about the plant development process at is relates to the Virginia SOLs for 3rd-5th objective. Urban Gardening provides teachers with all the materials to experience plant growth inside the classroom.
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.