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

Previously scheduled VA Pesticide Applicator Recertification – June 11, 2020

Due to the Governor's executive order all in person Pesticide Recertification classes are cancelled until further notice.  Individuals are still required to take an online recertification course prior to expiration on their license (VDACS is allowing you to receive your training prior to August 29, 2020)  Here is a link to look up online options and then write down the phone number or web address to follow up and/or register for your categories)  Scheduled Commercial Recertification Training Courses

The Virginia Turf Council has just made more room in their Pesticide Recertification class next Tuesday and Thursday (April 28 and 30th).  next week's pesticide recertification. Please try again if you were recently told the "class is full." Here is the link to register:

You can participate in their live webinar for Pesticide Recertification in Categories 3A, 3B, 6, and 60, but you must attend both mornings.  Pre-registration is required. Go to their home page.  Several of you have asked for a letter to carry with you attesting the right to work. Download a letter presenting that information.  

Otherwise, you can contact Tonita Clark at VDACS directly if you have any questions/problems at  

2020 Master Gardener Workshops

For 2020,  the Chesapeake Master Gardeners offered a variety of workshops.   Unfortunately at this time all classes are cancelled, until further notice.   

2020 Farmer's Markets 

The Chesapeake Farmer's Market at City Park will tentatively open for the 2020 season on Saturday, June 13th.  It will operate every Saturday and Wednesday from 8am - 1pm,  until November 25th.   

This market intended for farmers only is entering its 20th season, offering fresh fruits and vergetables, microgreens, herbs, plants, eggs, honey, meats and value added products made from things grown on local farms. 


Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive, under the Market Place Shelter.


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: