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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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)

The 2018 Richmond Area Vegetable Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018  from 8:30 am to 2:30 the Strawberry room at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center: 1440 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23223.

Specialists from Virginia Tech and local Extension Agents will speak on the Food Safety Moderation Act Produce Safety Rule, Legal Updates for Pesticide Use, Maximizing Vegetable Quality with Fertility and Fertigation, Vegetable Diseases of Virginia and Recommended Controls, Vegetable Insect Pest Management Update, and Managing Beneficial Insects for Vegetable Pollination. In addition, sponsors will be on-site to highlight their products. 

Private Pesticide Certification credits for Category 91 are being sought.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will be onsite during the conference to certify Farmers’ Market Scales. Farmers may bring produce scales used at farmers’ markets or roadside stands to be certified for use by VDACS.

A sponsored lunch will be provided for all attendees so pre-registration is requested by February 14, 2018. To register for this event, please call or email the Hanover Extension office at 804-752-4307 or   

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 February 14, 2018.