Agriculture and Natural Resources offers programs to help sustain profitability of agriculture and forest production, while protecting and enhancing land and water resources.

Services Offered

Business Planning, Marketing Planning
Transition and Estate Planning Preparation
Pesticide Safety Training
Soil Testing & Fertilization Recommendations
On-Farm Visits
Forage Testing
Manure Testing
Insect Identification
Plant Disease and Plant Identification
Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Soil Test for Corn
Publications and Newsletters

Resources for Agriculture, Forestry, and Green Industries

Agribusiness Management
Commercial Horticulture Crops
Crops & Soils
Livestock
Pesticide Safety Education

Extension Volunteer Master Gardeners are volunteers dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management.

What We Offer

Answers to Gardening Questions
Diagnosis of Plant Problems
Gardening Workshops
Booths at Community Events

Resources for the Homeowner

Home Gardening
Lawn Care
Insects & Animals
Soils, Composting, & Water Quality
Master Gardener

For more information about Agriculture and Natural Resources, please visit the Agriculture and Natural Resources Numbered Extension Publications

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4-H is the youth development program of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

This nonformal education initiative is conducted by our state land-grant universities (Virginia Tech and Virginia State), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments.  The land-grant university system consists of teaching, research, and extension education. 

Extension 4-H programs are a partnership involving local residents, volunteers, private support, three levels of government, and universities.  4-H is the only nationwide youth education program that is an extension of the knowledge resources of a university system.

4-H participants are youth, age 5 to 19, taking part in programs provided as the result of actions planned and initiated by Extension personnel in cooperation with volunteers.  4-H is characterized as being community centered, volunteer led, extension staff supervised, research based, home and family oriented, publicly and privately funded and responsive to change.  The central theme of 4-H education is "learn by doing."

Many people are familiar with a traditional version of 4-H as an agricultural based club for rural youth-cows, plows, and sows.  However, 4-H is a dynamic organization; for over 100 years, 4-H programming has adapted to changes in society, family structure, education, work force needs, the economy and technology.  Today almost half of 4-H members in Virginia reside in urban and suburban communities.

While the programming evolves, the core mission and the underlying values have held fast.  

The mission of 4-H is to assist youth, and volunteers working with those youth, to gain knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society.

The values of 4-H are reflected in the 4-H Pledge.

4-H Pledge                                                                                    Promesa 4-H

I pledge my head to clearer thinking           Prometo usar mi mente para pensar con m`as claridad

My heart to greater loyalty,                         mi coraz`on para ser m`as leal,

My hands to larger servce,                          mis manos para ser m`as servicial,

and my health to better living,                   mi salud para cuidarme m`as,

for my club, my community,                       por mi club, mi communidad, mi pa`is y mi mundo.

my country, and my world

 

Participation in 4-H can look different from unit to unit, depending on the interests and needs of the youth community, number of trained and committed volunteers and resources available.

Hanover County 4-H delivers programs through 4-H clubs such as robotics, equine, and livestock clubs.  These volunteer led groups meet on a monthly basis for a business meeting; most educational work is on a single topic.  In addition they participate in other 4-H activities and events such as camps, State congress, competitions (local, district, state and national), workshops, fundraising and community service.  These activities may or may not be in the topic area such as communication arts.  4-H does not provide horses or riding lessons for equine members.

Like all 4-H programming, the number and type of clubs is determined by the number of willing volunteers.  Clubs and contact information listed below:

Three Rivers Livestock Club Rocky Ridge Riders Montpelier Horseketeers Riding Club
Silver Stirrups Club South Anna Western Hanover
Old Ridge Run 4-H    

When do I join?

The 4-H New Year begins on 1 October. Although you can join anytime during the year, Fall is when the volunteer led 4-H clubs recruit new members.

 

For more information on 4-H clubs contact the Extension Office-752-4310.

Hanover 4-H Events and Resources

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expertsystem. 

Community Viability Specialists

Once a month the Hanover Board of Supervisors has an afternoon session and an evening session.  A dinner break of two hours separates the two sessions, normally  catered by the nearby prison .   

Rita Schalk (Hanover Unit Coordinator) proposed joining forces with the Hanover-Caroline Soil & Water Conservation District office to cater one meal with foods supplied by local producers.  The farmers would provide dishes from their farms and Extension and Soil & Water would provide a very short-10 minutes-overview of what we do and who we are.  The board members were astounded by the financial input of the farming community.

The 50-mile meal (so named because Hanover County is approximately 50 miles long) is scheduled for the July meeting-the height of the harvest season.

After the initial year the Board of Supervisors requested that VCE and Soil & Water along with the producers stay and share the meal.  They wanted to meet the people who are the largest economic industry in Hanover.  Over the years the 50-Mile meal has grown in the number and variety of producers.

Our dinner site stays near the Courthouse where the Board of Supervisors meet but has moved multiple times to accomodate more producers.  Our current meal providers range from farmer's market vendors to 4-H youth entrepreneurs to CSAs to international wholesalers.  Even Ashland Milling Co. that focuses on locally sourced grains.  Engels Family Farms, one of the largest in the Commonwealth, is one of our participants.

See the Slide show that was shown at the 2018 meal below:

 

 

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2018 50-Mile Meal PowerPoint.pdf