Experts in the areas of children, youth and families, food and nutrition, financial security and housing and environment provide education and information to help improve the quality of life for Virginians.
Home and Family
The foundation of our society is the family. Many of Extension's programs provide families with research-based answers to their day-to-day challenges. Extension is ready with answers on controlling household insects, protecting well-water, managing a family budget, helping families improve their eating habits, or dealing with the special concerns related to early childhood, parenting, or aging.
Health & Nutrition
Making healthy choices isn't always easy. Virginia Cooperative Extension's educators help people sort fact from fad, providing research-based programs that promote a lifetime of good health. Programs cover a broad spectrum, from pesticide safety to indoor air quality, from childhood nutrition and physical activity to heart-healthy eating and food safety.
Food Safety & Processing
Americans enjoy the safest, most affordable food supply in the world. To keep it that way, Virginia Cooperative Extension educational programs help reduce sources of food borne illness, from the farm to the consumer's plate, help food entrepreneurs launch successful businesses and provide processors with information and new technology to enhance product quality and profitability while meeting state and federal regulations.
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Serving the Commonwealth
Our programs place research-based information at your fingertips for the many facets of your life, including food preservation, parenting, housing, financial management, and healthy eating habits. In addition to the information in this website, county agents and specialists throughout the state are available to help you and answer your questions. Washington County VCE - 276-676-6309
- Some Helpful Material
- What's Underfoot
- Fall in Love with Winter Squash
- Sweet Talk
- Peanuts Better Butter
- Clearing and Controlling Home Mold Growth
- Kids Veggies
- After School Snacks
- Home Indoor Air
- Cultivate Creativity in your child
- Breakfast is Food for Learning
- Teaching Cooperation to your little one
- Understand Whole Grains
- Your Child Sleep
- Am I Fat
- Budget for Irregular Income
- Hand Washing Prevents Flu
- Shy or Quiet, What's the difference
- Time Out
- Keeping health resolutions at the workplace
- Keep kids active in winter
- How To Help Mom and Dad
- Food Storage
Washington County 4-H is available to every boy and girl in Washington County between the ages of 5 to 19. Program opportunities are offered to youth and adult volunteers regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age (within youth range) or disability. All interested children are encouraged to participate, as well as their parents and other adults. Currently, Washington County 4-H serves almost 3500 youth members and has a volunteer base of 180 adults, with membership increasing daily.
4-H reaches into Washington County through clubs, school enrichment, and community programs.
- Community Clubs - include people from the same area of the county. Some of our clubs meet as part of the community schools, others meet in the evening in homes or public buildings.
- Project clubs - study mainly one area of the 4-H program such as Horse or Livestock.
- School Enrichment - educational programs using research based 4-H curriculum provided by Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The curriculum meets the Virginia Standards of Learning.
- County Programs- are open to all Washington County youth. Programs are educational and offer hands-on learning experiences. A few of these programs include: 4-H camp, Fashion Revue, Public Speaking, "Summer Fun", and 4-H Share the Fun.
- Curriculum and Curriculum Training - 4-H works with other organizations and homeschool families to provide educational curriculum and curriculum training for adults working with youth.
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:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
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.