What can Virginia Cooperative Extension do for you?

Evaluate your soil resources before you fertilize! Our office provides the soil sample boxes and forms which must be submitted to the Virginia Tech soils lab. The results are reliable and will help you improve your farm or garden soil fertility and reduce costly, unnecessary fertilizer applications. The procedure for correctly collecting a soil sample correctly can be found here

Contact our office to learn the requirements and procedures for pesticide applicator certification in Virginia. We also provide information and links to training materials for each certification test, and we offer a recertification class at the beginning of each year for individuals seeking certification renewal. Visit the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for information about pesticides and pesticide applicator requirements. Visit Virginia Tech's Pesticide Program for helpful fact sheets and training manuals. 

We are happy to perform site visits to help you evaluate your agricultural resources, identify plants and pests, discuss management or budget decisions, and help you succeed in your crop, livestock, vegetable, or garden plant enterprise. Call, visit, or email our office for assistance. For additional factsheets or information on any agricultural topic, use the search bar on the Virginia Cooperative Extension webpage.

Bring unknown pests and plants to our office, or send us photos, and we will help you identify them. You can also visit our Weed ID Guide or our Insect Identification Lab for help.

Virginia Cooperative Extension staff strive to meet your needs by providing educational programs on a variety of topics. The best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming programs is to call or email our staff and make a request to be added to our mailing list. We provide a monthly newsletter to highlight our 4-H, Agriculture, and Family and Consumer Sciences programs. To view upcoming programs in neighboring counties or around the state, visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension calendar.

The Amelia Extension staff created a demonstration garden in May of 2013 to serve as an educational resource for youth and adults in the community. The garden is located next to Raleigh Parish Glebe in Amelia Court House. The house was built in 1774 and the property serves as a beautiful backdrop to our garden. In fact, to celebrate the unique history of the Glebe, we have designated part of the site as a “heritage garden.” The heritage garden contains tobacco, which was grown on this property for many years, as well as parsley, bush beans, and sweet corn. Families grew each of these crops during the Revolutionary War period. The remaining portion of the garden contains two varieties of bush beans, pole beans, two varieties of parsley, two varieties of basil, sunflowers, marigolds, sweet corn, and five varieties of tomato. If you would like to visit the garden or sign up for our newsletter so that you can view our lineup of summer gardening classes, please call (804) 561-2481 or email Laura Siegle at laurab08@vt.edu.

Demonstration Garden
Demonstration Garden

The purpose of the Central Virginia Ag Spotlight is to help you meet a few of the farmers, businesses, and individuals who work to make agriculture Virginia’s largest industry. By doing so, we hope that you will gain a snapshot of the experiences and methods of the farmers who grow your produce, grains, meats, milk, fiber, and forest goods. Here at Virginia Cooperative Extension, we strive to help agriculturalists remain at the cutting edge of research and technology, and we accomplish this through means such as one-on-one farmer interaction, open field days, farm plots and variety trials, pest and disease diagnostics, soil testing, and workshops. We also teach and promote “best practices” to area producers, which help increase the health and quality of crops and livestock while simultaneously improving the sustainability of the operation.

Each blog post will feature someone who contributes to agriculture in Virginia. We will introduce their operation and explain how they are using “best practices” and innovative problem-solving to build a strong business that contributes to the success of agriculture in the state.  

Be sure to visit often, and subscribe to the blog to get the most up-to-date posts!

Call or stop by for additional services including plant disease diagnosis, nematode assays, carp permits, grant information, farm planning help, pesticide recordkeeping books, factsheets, and farm budgets. 

You can find us on Facebook at VCE-Amelia  for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Laura Siegle, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at laurab08@vt.edu.

Educational Workshops and Classes

Feeding Food to the Public 

This  2 hour workshop is designed to teach non-profit organizations safe food handling and preparation techniques to prevent food-borne illness. This workshop is presented in conjunction with the local Health Department and meets most local health  requirements for food preparation.  Class schedule can be found on Virginina Cooperative Extension calendar of events.   

ServSafe Manager Training and Food Handler Course.   

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing. Call Jane Henderson Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent johns59@vt.edu to schedule an appointment.

Financial Education for Adults and Youth

Families are experiencing more difficulty managing daily expenses with rising costs of fuel and food. Take time now to prepare for your family's financial future by reducing unnecessary expenses and putting in place a spending and savings  plan. Easy to use resources. Register for the online Cashcourse  CashCourse log in

The Personal Financial Management Course - Steps to Financial Success

This is a 2- 1/2 hour class mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice to satisfy the requirements for discharge of bankruptcy.  Check Virginia Cooperative Extension calendar or call 804-561-2481 for individual appointments.  Scholarships are available.

Annie's Project

What Is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development The mission of 4-H is to assist youth, and adults working with those youth, to gain additional knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. 4-H offers a variety of curriculums, activities and experiences for youth between the ages of 5-19, through in-school and after-school enrichments, teen clubs, community clubs, project clubs, Clover bud, and camping. Many 4-H curriculums, projects and activities address objectives covered in Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's).


Join or Start your own 4-H Club

Our local 4-H program cannot grow without the assistance of dedicated adult volunteers. Do you have an interest or a talent that you would like to share with youth in your community? Were you a member of a 4-H Community Club as a child? Do you have a few hours a month to volunteer? Amelia 4-H are looking for volunteers to assist and lead programs for our youth to continue to learn and grow. Please contact our office for interest in participating within programs or developing your own.

You can find us on Facebook at Virginia Cooperative Extension-Amelia for updated information, photos, and videos of our programs.

For more details, please contact Thomas Woodson, 4-H Youth Development Technician at the Amelia County Extension Office at (804) 561-2481 or at thwoods@vt.edu

4-H clover flag

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