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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Jam'n Jam is a two day summer day camp on August 9th and 10th. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. During the first day, campers will visit Agriberry berry farm to see the farm in production and pick their own berries. The second day will consist of making jam and ice cream sauce at the Hanover Cannery using the berries they picked the previous day. Participants will need to pack a lunch on both days.  

Jam'n Jam is $20/camper. Please register by calling the Hanover Extension Office at 804-752-4310. The camp’s first day will be at Agriberry farm at 6289 River Road, Hanover. The second day will meet at the Hanover Extension Office at 13015 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland. During the second day, campers will take the short walk down to the Hanover Cannery to can their berry jam. Campers will leave the camp with knowledge about local agriculture, food preservation and safety, and lots of yummy berry treats.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Laura Maxey-Nay at 804-752-4310 during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 10 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

If you have any additional questions please call the Hanover County Extension Office at 804-752-4310.

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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

Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting two family fun days 1) at the New Highland Baptist Church Farmers' Market on Wednesday, August 9, from 4-7 p.m. and 2) Ashland Farmers' Market on Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

A unique feature the New Highland Baptist Church Farmers' Market is that they honor Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Individuals that have SNAP can purchase fresh produce at New Highland Farmer’s Market to prepare healthy meals and move toward a healthier lifestyle.

Money spent at farmers' markets supports local farmers and the local economy. Additionally, purchasing your food directly from the producer allows you to interact with those that are growing your produce, building a special trust that you can’t get at a grocery store.

The days' events will include a scavenger hunt for ingredients, cooking demos, and prizes. 

Please contact Laura Maxey-Nay for more information. Call 804-752-4307 or email

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate, please call (804)-752-4310 by August 2, 2017 for the New Highland Event and by August 11, 2017 for the Ashland Event. 

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)

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Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer?  Identify as a 4-H Alumni and represent your 4-H state: The top three states with the most “hands raised” will earn $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000, respectively.

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