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Soil Samples - 

We have soil boxes and forms at the Cumberland Extension Office that you can pick up and mail off your soil samples to the Virginia Tech soil testing lab in Blacksburg, VA.  Testing of samples for commercial crop is free of charge, but samples for gardens, lawn, etc. are $10 per sample for a routine test.  Routine tests include soil pH, P, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, Mn, Cu, Fe, B and estimated CEC.  There are also soil probes that can be taken out on loan to assist with collecting the soil samples.

4-H Summer Day Camps for youth ages 9-13

Registration link to sign up for one or all of the following day camps:

Trail to Farm Camp will take place on Tuesday, July 23rd - youth will travel to High Bridge Trail State Park for a hike and lunch and then travel to Richland Dairy Farm in Blackstone, Va for a tour in the afternoon - Cost is $15

Fossil Exploration Camp will take place on July 25th and July 26th - On day one...youth will travel to York River State Park to spend the day learning about and collecting fossels - On day two...youth will travel to The Fossil Overlook at the Virginia Natural History Museum in Martinsville, VA - Cost is $30 for both days


4-H Buckingham & Cumberland Livestock Club

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to raise a sheep or a cow?  Have you ever thought about what is involved in showing a pig before a judge?  You don't have to live on a farm or have your own livestock to participate in the 4-H livestock club.  You just have to have an interest, a willingness to commit to caring for an animal, and enthusiasm for preparing for and partipating in the livestock show.

Club members raise and show market and breeding animals at the Piedmont Area Livestock Show held each May in Blackstone, Virginia.  They work with their animals for three to five months before competition in the show against youth from ten counties in the area.

Please call the office at 804-492-4390 and/or click link below for more information!

4-H Buckingham & Cumberland Livestock Club brochure


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.

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Community Viability Specialists

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