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.
Upcoming 4-H Programs
4-H Down on the Farm After-School Series
During this after-school program, youth ages 9-13 will visit 3 local farms: Sunnyside Farm, Hazelgrove Dairy, and Oakland Farm. The program dates are May 11th & 12th, May 18th & 19th, and May 25th & 26th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.
**It will be the responsibility of parents to arrange for their child to get to the Cumberland Extension Office after school by 3:30 PM on each of the days stated above.
Farm tours will take place on Wednesdays of each week with transportation provided in a county van. On Thursdays, youth will be in the extension office basement cooking a recipe using something based from the farm visit the day before.
Cost is $10, which will cover transportation to and from the farms and cooking supplies and ingredients for the recipes.
Please use this link to register for the Down on the Farm series: https://tinyurl.com/DownOnTheFarm2022
4-H Cloverbud Camp
Cloverbud Camp will take place June 17-19, 2022 and is a weekend to introduce our youngest 4-H members, ages 5-8, to the overnight camping experience. Campers learn and grow from the experience of spending time with friends in a unique camp setting. They experience the joy of summer camp and the personal growth that comes with it.
Cloverbud Camp will be held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center in Appomattox, VA. Transportation will not be provided so the parent will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their child.
Early bird price through April 25th is $115 and increases to $120 after April 25th.
Registration link is https://bit.ly/4HCloverbudCamp2022
4-H Wildlife Detective Day Camp
This summer day camp is open to youth ages 9-13 (as of September 30, 2022) and will be held June 28-30 at Bear Creek Lake State Park. Campers will need to be dropped off each day at 8:30 am and picked up at 3:00 pm at the park pavilion. Cost is $30 which includes all supplies and admission fees.
Activities include learning about mammals/reptiles/amphibians, hiking, canoeing, a camp cookout and more!
Register by June 6th using this link: https://bit.ly/WildlifeDetectives2022
4-H Jr. Camp
Jr. Camp is an overnight camp for youth ages 9-13 and is held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, VA. Campers from Cumberland, Nottoway, and Albemarle/Charlottesville will attend the week of July 11-15, 2022. 4-H is a fun and exciting way for youth to develop life skills while meeting new friends and learning to be independent.
The cost for Cumberland youth is $220 which includes meals, lodging, transportation, t-shirt and all class supplies/materials. Registration deadline is June 8th so please register as soon as possible.
Limited income-based scholarships are available but require the completion of a one-page form along with a $50 deposit in order to be considered.
The Cumberland/Buckingham 4-H Livestock Club (Club Year: October - May) is for youth ages 9-19 with interest in sheep, pigs, cattle and/or goats. Youth learn about animals during club meetings. Many of the club members show animals in the Piedmont Area Jr. Livestock Show in Blackstone, VA. All meetings are currently taking place at the B.A.R.N. facility in Buckingham, VA and take place on the first Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. For more information, contact the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390.
Upcoming Agriculture Programs
2022 Pressure & Waterbath Canning Workshop - for beginners or seasoned professionals
Due to unforeseen circumstances....this workshop has been postposed from the original May 10th date to Tuesday, June 7th at the Prince Edward Extension Office from 9 AM - 12 PM. Learn the basics of canning, proper equipment needed, tips and tricks, how to test and calibrate pressure canners, simple recipes, and more!
You can bring your own pressure canner for testing!
Please use this link to register: https://forms.gle/2MwpYYh85E8jV3XA8
2022 Southern Va Precision AG and Farm Efficiency Program Funded by: Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
This grant was formally known as the Central Virginia Pasture, Crops, and Livestock Systems grant in previous years.
The overall objective of the grant is to allow producers to enhance their operation's input cost savings, and improve environmental management through the adoption of precision technologies, produce handling and hay storage improvements, produce equipment and cold storage enhancements, and livestock handling improvements. This will be accomplished by offering a 33% cost share incentive in four (4) categories. This grant would provide up to a 33% reimbursement not to exceed $5,000.00 per producer (approximately a $15,000.00 project). Producers must spend a minimum of $3,000.00 to be eligible for reimbursement.
Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. VCE begins accepting applications on Monday, May 16th @ 8 AM. Applicants who have received funding for a practice in previous grants are ineligible to receive funding for that same practice. Applicants may apply for components for which they have not received funding in previous grants.
To receive an application, producers must attend one of the following informational meetings:
Option 1: In-Person on March 28th, 2022 6 PM @ Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, VA, 2375 Darville's Road, Blackstone, VA 23824.
Option 2: In-person "Watch Party" on March 28th, 2022 6 PM of the meeting being held at the SPAREC at the B.A.R.N. (Buckingham Agricultural Resource Network, 11851 W. James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham, VA 23921). IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THIS MEETING, PLEASE CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT 804-492-4390.
Option 3: Virtual - Get Zoom link from your Extension Agent to watch from home on March 28th, 2022.
If you are not able to make any of these options, please reach out to your extension agent to establish another viewing option for you.
No-Till Drill is Ready for Spring Rental
The Haybuster No-till drill housed at the Cumberland Extension Office is ready to go out on loan to producers in Cumberland and Buckingham Counties. This drill is designed to seed fields under the no-till method. This method requires no plowing or turning over of the soil, and has many positive effects on the land such as: greatly reduces run-off pollution, preserves moisture in the field, reduces ruts in field, and redues topsoil loss.
The drill contains two seed boxes with individual metering and one legume box.
Please contact the office at 804-492-4390 if you would like to schedule to use the drill and discuss drill rental rates.
*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.
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 email@example.com.
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.