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.

City of Chesapeake Staff, 8 adults

The City of Chesapeake 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 City of Chesapeake improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

What's New

2021 Farmers Market 

The Farmers’ Market at City Park will open its 21st season with two new vendors, Brown’s Produce in Deep Creek and Capstone Mushrooms from Virginia Beach.  Our variety of items for sale include farm raised vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, cut flowers, honey, eggs, grass fed beef and pork, free range chickens, jams, jellies, pickles and more.  Maintaining the mission of supporting direct marketing by local farmers themselves.  Public and vendors are to wear face masks.  The market will be configured to practice physical distancing.  There will be protocol of no touch of produce by the public before purchase but an amazing selection of items to choose from.  Our open air market is under the Market Shelter building with plenty of close parking.  We hope you will visit The Farmers’ Market at City Park located at 900 City Park Drive.   

You can visit on Saturdays and Wednesdays

June 12 - November 24, 2021 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2021 Lyle Pugh Scholarship 

An annual Chesapeake Farm Bureau scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to an outstanding Chesapeake student.    Scholarship is available to any Chesapeake resident enrolled in an accredited institution of post-secondary education in agriculture, forestry, natural resources and conservation related studies.  Please apply today.  


Shoreline Erosion

Trying to manage shoreline erosion on your property? Consider a living shoreline approach.  

Community Garden Startup

Community Garden - Are you looking to find or start a community garden?  Would you be interested in helping grow vegetables with our Healthy Chesapeake initiative to help get vegetables to people in areas with limited access to fresh produce?  We can help with providing soil test kits, answering questions on when and what to plant, provide talks on composting, growing different vegetables, crop rotation plans, insect identification, etc. for your group.

 If you would like to be informed on any new community garden locations and/or initiatives please send an email to with your name, address and phone number and I will add you to the email list.  You can also ask more specific questions at the same email address.

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: