As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.

This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.

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.

As of September 21, the VCE Hanover office continues to see walk-in clientele by appointment, host virtual 4-H and Agriculture Natural Resources programs and socially distanced face to face programming.

All visitors to Hanover County government buildings who are 10 years of age or older must wear face coverings over the nose and mouth while visiting the buildings. Adults accompanying minors should use their best judgment with respect to placing face coverings on a minor between the ages of two through nine. If you do not have a face covering, please request one from the department you will be visiting.   

We encourage all homeowners with questions related to plants, insects and wildlife to look on the extension website, email Hanover Master Gardeners or call 804-752-4306. Most plant, weed and insect identification can be done by sending a picture via email. 

What's New

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Master Gardener Course will be held virtual by way of ZOOM and Canvas from January 19-March 25, 2021.  Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and City of Richmond have joined forces to offer a virtual Course that will offer unprecedented flexibility for Trainees. 

Attention 4-H Club Leaders

The following  is due  to the office by the dates listed  below:   

November 1, 2020: Notify Hanover Office via email who the adult leaders and volunteers will be, so that any new training can take place. Send email to Missy Johnson at
At least 2 adult leaders must be enrolled and approved in 4HOnline and a roster of elected and trained youth officers must be set.  

November 30, 2020: Club renewal forms are due to the Hanover office. Leaders should use the checklist to ensure all items are submitted by the due date. See the 4-H Club Management link above. 

December 18, 2020: at least 5 members must be enrolled and approved in 4HOnline 2.0 by Extension staff by December 18th in order for the club to remain active. This requirement will not be waived as it is 4-H policy.

***Parents that will not volunteer in any capacity are no longer required to enroll as a member in 4-H Online. Their contact information will be collected in the members' record.  

Virginia Cooperative Extension plans to provide private pesticide recertification (90/91) opportunities using multiple delivery methods this fall.  An online private pesticide recertification course is being developed and will be available soon for applicators to complete at their own pace.  Extension highly encourages all expiring private applicators to pursue recertification in this way, if possible. You can look on your license to see if one or both categories of your private pesticide applicator permit will expire December 31, 2020.

At this time, Extension is also planning to hold in-person recertification events in the late fall similar to previous years.  However, special COVID-19 precautions will be followed by both the hosting Extension agents and by participants.  More details regarding these new requirements posted here and will be included in a separate letter sent in October or November along with training dates and locations.  Please keep in mind that in-person programming may not be possible later in the fall due to COVID-19 restrictions, so again consider using the online recertification course this year. 

If you would like more details on this recertification opportunity please contact Laura Maxey-Nay at 804-752-4310 or To pre-register for online classes, contact Missy Johnson at mcjohnson  

The Hanover Historical Museum and the Hanover Unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension Office is seeking historical information and pictures to help celebrate Hanover's 300th birthday. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey to compile this info. The survey can be found here: Hanover Farming History Survey

The survey requests historical photos of farms, antique farming equipment, the earliest record of your family farming in Hanover and what innovations have had the greatest impact on your farming business?

We can help you scan in pictures at the office at 13015 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland or you can send in your pictures via email to For questions contact the Hanover VCE office at 804-752-4310.

We all know that farming was the foundation of Hanover County, so please help us in highlighting Farming's History in Hanover. As always, thank you for all that you do to feed Hanover and the world.

Laura Maxey-Nay
Agricultural Extension Agent
Hanover County

Current Hanover 4-H club members, who will be continuing in the Adranetta E. Weimer 4-H Incentive Scholarship Programn by participating in Unit or District comunication contests must complete and sign page 1 of the "Adranetta E. Weimer 4-H Incentive Scholarship Program Application "  and submit to Missy Johnson via email by Friday, December 18, 2020.  

We are in the planning phase of the contest schedule, mode and location. We will send more info soon. 

2020 Weimer Application Form.docx

Conference scheduled for December 7, 2020 in Tappahannock, VA. More Info coming soon!

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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