The Hanover 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 Hanover 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.

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What’s in YOUR water? Did you know that private water supplies like wells and springs are unregulated? It is the responsibility of the homeowner to regularly test water quality, maintain the water system, and address any problems. Affordable, confidential water testing and education will be offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in Hanover County. Pick up your kits on August 22 at 6:30 pm at the Doswell Ruritan Club (16433 Washington Highway Doswell, VA 23047), and plan to drop off your samples on August 23 from 7 to 10 am at the Hanover Virginia Cooperative Extension Office (13015 Taylor Complex Lane Ashland, VA 23005). Participation is voluntary and confidential. Water samples collected by participating homeowners will be analyzed for 14 parameters, including bacteria, metals, nitrate and hardness at a cost of $55. Results and water system care and maintenance information will be shared at an information meeting. All information is kept strictly confidential and results are reported only to the homeowner. Please contact Laura Maxey-Nay at or 804-752-4310 to register! For more information about the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, as well as many resources relevant to private water systems, please visit

Well Water Testing Clinic

Do you love gardening? Do you enjoy helping others learn? Do you feel a commitment to community service in Hanover? If so, please join us for the Master Gardener Course.

Master Gardeners are trained community leaders working with individuals to increase knowledge and understanding of environmentally sound horticulture. They seek to improve the quality of life in their communities through education.  Master Gardeners are specially trained by Virginia Cooperative Extension which is a group of Specialist and Extension Agents who extend knowledge of Virginia’s Land Grant Universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State.

The 2018 Course will offer two separate fees categories:  Traditional Master Gardener (includes 50 hours of volunteer service before MG status is obtained and volunteer service thereafter) fee $125.00 payable after acceptance into the program.

Individuals interested in increasing the horticulture skills and knowledge but who do not intend to volunteer may take the class for an increased fee of $225.00. This fee is payable after acceptance into the program.

The Hanover Master Gardener Course will be offered two separate times in 2018.

WINTER COURSE:   January 4, 2018– March 29, 2018, Monday and Thursdays EVENINGS  6:30 – 9:30 pm at the  Department of Social Services Building meeting room (12304 Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005)

FALL COURSE:  September 6, 2018 – November 15, 2018, Monday and Thursday MORNINGS  9:30 -12:30pm Covenant Woods at the Lodge (7090 Covenant Woods Dr, Mechanicsville, VA 23111)

An open House for prospective Trainees will be held October 11, 2017 at DSS Building (12304 Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005) at 6:30pm. Please join us to learn more about becoming a Hanover Master Gardener or details about the Course. Applications for the WINTER 2018 Course must be received by November 6, 2017.  

If you have questions about the Course or becoming a Master Gardener please contact – Angelette Pryor, Extension Volunteer Coordinator , 804-752-4309 or call the Hanover Master Gardener Help Desk 804-752-4310.

Combine your love for cooking, nutrition, physical activity and helping others by becoming a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer (MFV). The MFV training will consist of lessons in basic nutrition, meal planning, healthy cooking techniques, and food safety, with an opportunity to sample delicious recipes. After the training, you will have the opportunity to volunteer in food demonstrations and displays at health fairs or farmers’ markets, food preparation and food safety classes, assisting with nutrition education programs or create your own forum for outreach in your community.

If are interested in becoming a Master Food Volunteer, please contact Ann Vargo (; 804-751-4401) or Pegi Wright (; 804-775-3062)