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.


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 Richmond City 4-H/ANR Extension Educator.

we are always in need of incubators to be able to offer the program in more classrooms.  If you would like to help support the program please contact Brittany Council at or Lynn Whiteside-Jones at 


Urban Gardening

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.   

Would you like to support a youth from the City of Richmond who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camp? 

2019 Donation request.pdf

2020 Camp SAVE THE DATE!!  

For 2020 Richmond City will once again came with Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties at the Jamestown 4-H Center.  Our week at camp will be July 13-17.  Registration will open early spring.  We will add information to this site as it becomes available (fee, possible scholarships, other information)

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 environmentally sound horticulture.  They seek to improve the quality of life in their communities through 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.

The  City of Richmond Master Gardener training class is offered in the fall/evenings.  The current class began on September 23rd and due to the content of class late enrollment is not allowed.  The next class available for enrollment will be for Fall  2020.  If you have questions about the course or becoming a Master Gardener please contact Brittany Council,  4-H Youth Development/Urban Agriculture Extension Agent at or 804-786-4150.

More information on the program can be found here


MG Application 2019.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:

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