As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.
This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.
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.
Covid-19 updates and information
Our office is now open. Staff members are working a staggered/teleworking schedule but there is someone available to take your calls at 804-492-4390 and respond to your emails. Please be sure to also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vcecumberland which is a good resource for updates and upcoming virtual extension programs.
More Information regarding the COVID-19:
Virginia Cooperative Extension: https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html
Upcoming 4-H Programs
2021 Jr. Camp Cumberland 4-H Jr. Camp is a full-filled week-long residential summer camp for youth between the ages of 9-13 years. Camp will take place this year at half capacity during the week of July 12-16, 2021 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center.
Jr. Camp fee is $200/person which covers lodging, meals, class supplies, and daily snacks. Transportation for campers WILL NOT be provided this year due to the need to socially distance. There are limited spaces available and slots will fill quickly. Campers will participate in a variety of classes and recreation activities to include nature crafts, fishing, gau-gau, archery, riflery, high and low ropes, basketball, volleyball, swimming, canoeing and much more. Holiday Lake 4-H Camp is located in Appomattox County and nestled among the trees of the 19,000-acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. There are cabins and lodges with bathhouses. The 24 x 120-ft. dining facility is air conditioned. Holiday Lake 4-H Camp maintains a rustic, country atmosphere and is accredited by the American Camp Association. Your child will have a safe and quality camping experience with 4-H.
To register: https://tinyurl.com/Cumberland4HJrCamp
Click this link for all forms and details about Jr. Camp: https://tinyurl.com/JrCampInfo
Click here for the 2021 Jr. Camp financial assistance form. A $50 deposit is required with the completed form and the deadline is May 24, 2021.
SAVE THE DATE! More Information to Come! 2021 Wildlife Detective Day Camp, July 6-8 at Bear Creek Lake for youth ages 9-13
Upcoming Agriculture Programs
Farm Field Day will take place on May 13, 2021 at a farm on the southern end of Cumberland County from 10 AM - 2 PM with registration beginning at 9:30 AM. Learn about conservation and farm productivity programs. Free lunch will be provided IF registered by May 6th. Walk-ins are welcome but lunch will not be provided! Bring a lawn chair.
Learn about....pasture weed identification, streamside forest (planting native hardwood trees to improve water quality and wildlife habitat), pond weed management, and conservation program updates from the James River Association-Peter Franciso Soil and Water Conservation District- VA. Cooperative Extension and natural resource partner agencies.
To register: www.thejamesriver.org/free-field-day/ You will receive an email after you register with the address to the farm where the program will take place.
*Please stop by the Cumberland Extension Office if you need to have your soil tested for home/garden or pasture. You just pick up the soil sample boxes and forms for the Virginia Tech soil testing lab and mail your soil samples to them for a routine analysis. You will receive a detailed report with recommendations.
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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.