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.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and VCE follow CDC guidance as it pertains to wearing masks and in-person programming . The VCE Hanover office is open to walk-in clientele, hosts virtual and in-person 4-H and Agriculture and Natural Resources programs programming. All fully vaccinated inidivuduals are not required to wear masks or remain physically distanced.  Non vaccinated individuals age 2 and over should wear face coverings over the nose and mouth and remain physically distanced.    

All homeowners with questions related to plants, trees, insects and wildlife are to be directed to the Hanover Master Gardeners. Most plant, weed and insect identification can be done by sending a picture via email:
Please call the Helpline at: 804-752-4306 

Soil Test boxes and forms are available in display boxes outside the main entrance of the Extension building. Each soil sample box and form is mailed to VA Tech with a check for $10 payable to Treasurer of VA Tech. More information and the forms can be found here:    Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab | Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab | Virginia Tech (

What's New

Schedule: January  11, 2022   - March  24, 2022

                       Tuesday/Thursday  1:30 - 4:30pm   

Course Location:  Covenant Woods Retirement Community 
                                         7090 Covenant Woods Drive
                                          Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Applications available here:

Applications Due: October 15, 2021 

Cost: $160.00 - Payment due after acceptance in the course- Deadline TBD. 

Open House - October 5, 2021 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm, at Covenant Woods 

Application Process: After applications are submitted, contact will be made to establish interview times.  Interviews are conducted by Hanover Master Gardeners with guidance from the Extension  Volunteer Coordinator.  References are checked and a Background screening is required.  

Master Gardeners are public educators and are required to provide education to the citizens of Hanover County and surrounding counties.  If you wish to  improve your gardening knowledge without the time commitment, please consider our Home Gardening Series sessions both in person (COVID permitting) and virtual by way of VCE Hanover YouTube and/or VCE Hanover Facebook.  

Course Info: Internet access is required. The Course is a minimum of 50 classroom hours  (Hanover generally requires 60 hours) followed by 50 hours of volunteer service in approved activities that benefit Hanover.  The classroom portion is generally 3 months in length and volunteer hours must be completed within 12 months of the end of course completion. More than three classes may not be missed and any missed worked must be made-up.  Volunteer time keeping is accomplished via our volunteer management system, Better Impact. Course speakers are experts in the field and many are current Master Gardeners. The course is intense and rewarding

If you would like additional information, please call the Hanover Extension Office at 804-752-4310. We will gladly answer your questions or connect you with a Master Gardener for more information.


Hanover Communication Contests have been scheduled. Go to the Local Program page and Select 4-H Youth and Development- Contests and Scholarships for more information.

Weimer Communication Contest Schedule

New and current Hanover 4-H club members, who will participate in the Adranetta E. Weimer 4-H Incentive Scholarship Program must complete and sign page 1 of the "Adranetta E. Weimer 4-H Incentive Scholarship Program Application" and submit to Missy Johnson .   

Annual 4-H club renewal forms are due to the extension office by November 30th. Click here for details: 

Hanover HGS 2021-22 is scheduled at both Atlee and Mechanicsville Libraries. If you prefer not to attend in person and have not previously signed up on the HGS Listserv, please click here to sign up: The Zoom link and passcode will be sent to the HGS Listserv Friday afternoon prior to each Saturday session.   

HGS Atlee Library 2021-22

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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