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 June 26 at 6:30 pm at the Doswell Ruritan Club (16433 Washington Highway Doswell, VA 23047), and plan to drop off your samples on June 27 from 7:00 to 10:00 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

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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 their 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.

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)

Applications are available at https//  Deadline for receipt of applications is July 9, 2018. 

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.

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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)

Jam'n Jam is a two day summer day camp on July 18th  and 19th for youth aged 9-13.  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 berries.  The second day will consist of making jam and ice cream sauce at Hillcrest Baptist Church using the berries they picked the previous day.  Participants will need to pack a lunch on both days.

Jam'n Jam is $5/camper.  Please register by completing the attached registration and submitting with the $5 fee to the Hanover County Extension office.  The camp's first day will be at Agriberry Farm at 6289 River Road, Hanover.  The second day will meet at the Hillcrest Baptist Church at 11342 Hillcrest Road, Hanover.  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 804-752-4307 during business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 110 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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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.

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 alum, and represent your 4-H state:  

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