The Cumberland County 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 Cumberland County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development and Community Viability.
Fall Armyworms Across Central District and the State of Virginia, there has been a large amount of damaged hayfields, pastures, and lawns due to the presence of fall armyworms. The most effective method of control is through insecticide usage. These worms can be a problem up until the first frost. If you notice sudden dead spots in your lawn, field, or pasture--contact our office and an agent can come out and scout to see if you have fall armyworms.
Click on the VT publications below to find out more information on the fall armyworm:
Upcoming 4-H Programs
4-H Tech Changemakers is for Upper Middle and High School students interested in teaching technology skills to residents in the Cumberland community. Great for building your resume and increasing your leadership skills.
Please click the link below for more details about this program:
Virtual Book Club... Join Cumberland 4-H and Cumberland County Public Library on Monday, November 29th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM for a free evening of fun with tacos, activities and a virtual book discussion with youth from around Virginia. Book of the month is Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres. The next featured book with be The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz on Monday, February 28th. This book is available for check out at the Cumberland County Library.
Click here for a copy of the book club flyer.
To register: https://forms.gle/KTTbT29x4WwSG24p6
Canoe the James: Watershed Exploration This FREE program is open to middle and high school youth in Buckingham & Cumberland counties and will take place on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
Youth will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the delights of our watershed. They will explore the watersheds where we live, engage in water quality activities including chemical testing and looking for macroinvertebrates, seek out other wildllife in the watershed, and spend time canoeing in the James River.
Transportation will be provided in the county van and the drop off/pick up will take place at the Cumberland Extension Office parking lot.
Register at https://bit.ly/CanoeTheJames2021
Upcoming Agriculture Programs
45th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours 2021 Join other forest landowners and natural resource professionals for an educational and fun day in the woods learning about forest and wildlife management. Tours promote wise resource management on private woodlands. Each tour will include stops on multiple properties.
October 14 - Cumberland County October 19 - Sussex County October 27 - Botetourt/Rockbridge Counties
Cost: $25/person: $40/couple
Register online at: https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu OR mail registration and payment.
*Please stop by the Cumberland Extension Office if you need to have your soil tested for home/garden or pasture. Tests are performed to evaluate the soil's nutrient potential and to determine the most beneficial application rates of fertilizer and lime for optimum plant growth. You just pick up the soil sample boxes and forms for the Virginia Tech soil testing lab and mail your soil samples to Blacksburg for an analysis. You will receive a detailed report with recommendations.
Cumberland 4-H Newsletters:
Cumberland Extension Office Newsletters:
LOCAL BEEKEEPING ASSOCIATIONS & MEETINGS
Buckingham Bee Club - Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meetings take place at the Buckingham Agricultural Building starting at 7 PM. Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about beekeeping or currently working their own bees. For more information, please call Magi Van Eps at 434-607-6947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart of Virginia Beekeepers Association - Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month. The meetings take place at the Prince Edward Extension Conference Room starting at 7 PM. Open to anyone interested in keeping bees, helping bees, or just interested in learning about bees. For more information, please call Mary Jane Morgan at 434-315-1433 or visit https://heartofvirginiabeekeepers.org.
Huguenot Beekeepers Association - Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month. The meetings take place at the Powhatan Village Building Auditorium from 7-9 PM. This is a group of experienced and beginning beekeepers that are dedicated to promoting beekeeping in the community and supporting each other in beekeeping activities. For more information, please visit https://huguenotbeekeepers.org.
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.