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.
Master Food Volunteer Training
Do you want to share your love of cooking and would like to volunteer your time to help others? Please view and register today for this February 2019 class.
Register for this class today if you want to enahance your food preparation skills and learn more about food safety and nutrition. Those acquired skills you can then use to assist the Family Consumer Sciences Agent educate our community.
Pesticide Recertification Training
Pesticide Recertification classes are available in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake during 2019.. Don't let your certification expire, register today for the necessary class.
Dates and registration for Pesticide Recertification Classes:
Please contact the host City for the specific class that you are interested in.
ANR Production Meetings
Beef Cattle Production Meeting: This workshop includes topics such as pasture management, improving techniques for handling cattle and beef quality assurance certification.
Southeast VA Fruit & Vegetable Conference: This conference is for commercial growers of fruits and vegetables to hear production topics.
February 20, 2019 in Suffolk, VA
Well Water Clinic
This is an opportunity for people with private wells to have their well water tested for 14 parameters. The cost is only $15 and it also provides an opportunity to learn about a new initiative, the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT). Read the brochure to learn more about how to participate in this valuable program. It starts March 18th, so register today.
2019 Master Gardener Workshops
For 2019, the Chesapeake Master Gardeners will again offer a variety of workshops. Classes will begin in February. Please look at all that is available.
2019 Farmer's Markets
The Chesapeake Farmer's Market is closed for the 2018 season. It will reopen June 8, 2019 with local producers offering fresh fruits and vergetables, herbs, plants, eggs, honey, meats and value added products made from things grown on the farm.
Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive, under the Market Place Shelter.
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.
Browse through this publication from California to get a better idea of how to create a community garden. If you would like to be informed on any new community garden locations and/or initiatives please send an email to Mikeand@vt.edu 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.