Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are as diverse as is Virginia's geography.  Programs are focused on assisting landowners with profitability of agricultural and forest enterprises, while protecting land and water resources. 

Recent Program Efforts

  • Beekeeping
  • Pesticide Safety Training 
  • Soil Testing and Fertilization Recommendations
  • Forage Testing
  • On Farm Visits
  • Cattle and Goat Management

VCE-Master Gardeners 

Volunteers dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management.

What We Offer

  • at the Fluvanna Public Library on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm from April through October
  • at the Fluvanna Public Library in Palmyra on one Saturday a month from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm from April through October
  • and at public events like Earth Day celebrations in April, FMG Plant Sale on the first Saturday in May , at the Fluvanna County Fair and Old Farm Day.

Publications

Deer: A Garden Pest

Virginia gardeners have many challenges, but one of the toughest is dealing with those ever present, pesky deer. Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to manage pests like deer. This publication outlines the IPM steps you can take to enjoy your gardening activity and be successful in spite of the presence of deer. We’ll provide you a decision making process that begins with the most effective and best economic solutions that have the least possibility of causing other problems.

Deer: A Garden Pest

Fluvanna Master Gardeners

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Upcoming Events

Central Virginia Small Ruminant Association

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  • A guide to selling raw, processed and prepared food products (PDF | 373KB)

While viewing the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy community, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents and volunteers work in Fluvanna County with a focus on improving wellness for individuals and their families.  There are many aspects of overall wellness including nutrition, health, financial management, and family dynamics throughout the life span.  As educators, community resources, and links to professionals throughout the community, their goal is to implement effective educational and outreach programs that provide people with the life skills needed to make positive changes, and improve their overall sense of well-being.

Upcoming Events

ServSafe Food Handler Class

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where: VCE Louisa Meeting Room, Louisa County Office Building, 1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Pre-registration deadline: March 20, 2017

Cost: $25.00 payable to LCPRT

ServSafe Food Handler Class Flyer (PDF | 176KB)

A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 or Thursday, April 20, 2017

Where: VCE Louisa Meeting Room, Louisa County Office Building, 1 Woolfolk Ave, Louisa, VA 23093

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 17, 2017 for the February 23, 2017 class. April 20, 2017 for the April 18, 2017 class.

A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling Flyer (PDF | 261KB)

Links

Alliance for Healthier Virginians
American Dietetic Association
Buy Fresh Buy Local
Family Album Radio
National Center for Home Food Preservation
Smart Beginnings - Ready for School, Ready for Life
USDA - Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Virginia Agriculture and Food Entrepreneurship Program
Virginia Household Water Quality Program & Virginia Master Well Owner Network

Family and Consumer Sciences Publications

 

 

Volunteers are the backbone of our 4-H program.  Below are the current opportunities for volunteers interested in working with youth in existing Fluvanna 4-H programs.  We are always open to new program ideas as well. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact Kim Mayo kmayo@vt.edu  434-591-1950

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Food Challenge Leader– Work with youth to secure and prepare food items while keeping in mind food safety and nutrition.  Members use ingredients to form a dish and then present to the judges.  Short-term project, ends in early spring.

Teen Leader Club Co-leader– Adult needed to assist with monthly club meetings for teens ages 14-19. 

Real Steel Robotics and Engineering Program Leader-Saturday program for elementary (3rd-4th) and middle school (5th-7th) youth. Meetings to be held at the Fluvanna Community Center in Fork Union.  Teen leaders accepted as well as assistants.

Terrific Tuesdays After School Program Assistants– 2nd Tuesdays, September-April at  FMS  2:45-4:45 PM.  All materials and curriculum provided. Teen leaders accepted as well.

For more information about any of the clubs listed below, please contact Kim Mayo kmayo@vt.edu 434-591-1950

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Adventure Buddies

Colts and Fillies

Envirothon Team

Horse 'N Around

Livestock 4-H

Outdoor Adventures

Real Steel Robotics and Engineering

Teen Leaders 4-H

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Fluvanna County 4-H is a volunteer driven program, and there are many opportunities for residents to share talents with our youth.  Please check out our volunteer opportunities below:

Piture of Volunteer Opportunited

Do you have an interest in working with youth? Help our youth grow, while improving our community through service. The 4-H program offers youth the opportunity to increase life skills while working on a project area of their interest.  

We have over 200 program areas and supporting curriculum to assist youth in learning citizenship and leadership through projects.

No previous experience in working with youth is required. Our volunteers are screened, and training is provided.   Below are the current opportunities for volunteers interested in working with youth in existing Fluvanna 4-H programs.  We are always open to new program ideas as well. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact Kim Mayo kmayo@vt.edu  434-591-1950

Current Openings for Specific Programs: 

Food Challenge Leader– Work with youth to secure and prepare food items while keeping in mind food safety and nutrition.  Members use ingredients to form a dish and then present to the judges.  Short-term project, ends in early spring.

Teen Leader Club Co-leader– Attend youth meetings once per month. Communicate with youth regarding 4-H happenings. Assist youth in coordinating fundraising and community service projects. Adult needed to assist with monthly club meetings for teens ages 14-19. 

Real Steel Robotics and Engineering Program Leader-After school program for middle school aged youth. Meetings to be held twice monthly.  Teen leaders accepted as well as assistants.

Terrific Tuesdays After School Program Assistants– 2nd Tuesdays, January-April at  FMS  2:45-4:45 PM.  All materials and curriculum provided. Teen leaders accepted as well.

Please contact Kim Mayo 434-591-1950 or email kmayo@vt.edu for more information or to apply for one of these positions.

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 Expert system.

Community Viability Specialists

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