The Arlington County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's
Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Understanding that knowledge is power, we place that power in the hands of Virginians and help them learn how to use it to improve the quality of their lives. Our Extension agents and specialists form a network of educators whose
classrooms are the communities, homes, and businesses of Virginia, where they bring research-based solutions to the problems facing Virginians today. To better utilize our resources, we form collaborations with hundreds of public and private partners and volunteers, who help us reach larger and more diverse audiences and also leverage the impact of our work. We are a product of cooperation among local, state, and federal governments in partnership with tens of thousands of citizens, who, through local Extension Leadership Councils, help design, implement, and evaluate our needs-driven programs. We are a dynamic organization that stimulates positive personal and societal change, leading to more productive lives, families, farms, and forests as well as a better environment. Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land-grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Extension programs are delivered through a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers. Our system incorporates the expertise of faculty in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station; as well as the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University.
Pesticide Training is one of many available services within the Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.
Day 1 of the Northern District Horticulture Agents’ pesticide safety training. Two days of category 3A this week and two days of 3B review next week to go. Thanks Kirsten Conrad, Adria Bordas and Tim Ohlwiler for you expertise! Thank you to Wetland Studies and Solutions for sharing your conference room!
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With a corps of more than 1,200 volunteers focused on everything from financial literacy to nutrition, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s local branch took time to celebrate their efforts on Dec. 1.
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For our Alexandria residents......FYI
The City of Alexandria will begin its annual leaf vacuuming and leaf bag collection program on Monday, October 30. Leaf collection is expected to continue through December. The City is divided into five zones, each with a specific collection start date. Each zone will receive three passes.
They're here.......seeds! More seeds have arrived. Looking for winter crops, stop by our office Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension located in Fairlington Community Center to pick out your seeds. Did I mention, they're FREE!!!! What?! Yes, FREE!!!
FCS Extension Agents Jennifer Abel and Meggan Orenstein completes another Kid's Market Place at Randolph Elementary School. Kid's Market Place is a hands-on educational tool used to introduce elementary students to financial choices while having fun.
After last weeks credit bureau breach, here's information on how to place a freeze on your credit reports.
What is a credit freeze? Also known as a security freeze, this tool lets you restrict access to your credit report, which in turn makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. That’s because most creditors need to see your credit report before they approve a new account. If they can’t see your file, they may not extend the credit. Check out how to place a freeze on your credit reports.
Learn more: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer and Energy Master Volunteer programs is accepting applications. Get them in.....
Master Gardeners training starts Tuesday, September 5, see you there!
Train to become an Energy Masters Volunteer!
Help low-income apartment dwellers in Arlington and Alexandria improve the energy efficiency in their home by getting trained to conduct energy and water-saving retrofits. The next training begins Sept. 27 at Fairlington Community Center.
For more information and to apply, go to https://www.arlingtonenvironment.org/energy/training/.
Do you love to cook? Want to learn more about nutrition and wellness? Enjoy volunteering? Want to make a difference in your community? If so, become an Master Food Volunteer.
To register click link below
Training starts October 6
Check out current Master Food Volunteers
Check out VCE this weekend at the Arlington County Fair. We'll have spice art activities, tips on gardening, nutritious recipes, vegetable seeds, and much more.
Don't forget about this upcoming event!!!!!!!!!!!
Extension making an impact!!!!!
Last week, 6 residents at Columbia Grove graduated from the Money Smarts Pays class. They learned about credit scores, how to make and keep budgets, and so much more to help improve their financial stability. Thanks Arlington County Virginia Cooperative Extension for being such a great partner!
Come join us.....
VT student Danielle Jeffers needs our help! She's competing for money to help her business startup--a company that helps students find scholarships and manage college debt. Please see below, and be sure to take less than 1 minute to vote for her by Friday.
I need your help! I'm competing for the $10,000 CommonBond Co Social Impact Award. As a semifinalist, I need to be one of the top three vote earners to travel to NY in July as a finalist. The $10,000 will help my company, Dough 4 Degrees release our scholarship app. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/y7x56dvy to cast your vote by June 30th. Please share this with your friends and family.
Check out what the top undergraduate entrepreneurs are doing to drive social good! The winner is awarded $10,000 from CommonBond. Don't forget to vote!
Check out these 3rd graders from Carlin Springs Elementary School as they stimulate life as an adult. Students went to 10 stations, Housing, Transportation, Medical insurance, Savings, Chance, Fund, Groceries, Animal Shelter, and Sharing to make decisions we face everyday. Kids Market Place is offered to students in grades 2nd to 5th. An similar program Reality Store is offered to middle and high school students with real life situations such as married, divorced, student loans, and having children. If you are interested having this program offered to youth and teens, please contact Megan Orenstein at 703-228-6421.
The 2017 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training is now open for registration! Training consists of 66 hours of classroom training plus 60 hours of hands-on Internship completed during the second year. Certified VCE Master Gardeners maintain their certification with a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer time and 8 hours of Continuing education per year.
VCE Master Gardener Training Orientation will be held on May 24th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Fairlington Community Center 3308 S. Stafford St. Arlington VA 22206. Let us know you are coming by contacting the VCE Horticulture Help Desk at 703 228 6414 or by email at [email protected]
Directions to register for the 2017 VCE Master Gardener Volunteer Training:
1. 2017 Master Gardener Training Brochure is attached and here:
Virginia Cooperative Extension has many programs happening this month. Check out Money Talk Every Wednesday at Arlington Central Library. Tonight's topic is Insurance Basics......Followed by Investing Basics on April 12, April 19 Investing for Retirement, and April 26 Planning for Future Life Events. Don't miss out!
It's not too late! Get your 4H camp applications in. Click on the Registration Packet link below.
Here's the link to access the 4H Camp application. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByQx6VY1oYFXMGgxTndhbnNTSk9GQU5TMVFjTUZGdXljWXlj/vi
The wait is over! Just released.....4H Camp Application.
Winners from the essay contest each won cash prizes. For 1st place $600, 2nd $400, and $200 for 3rd place.
Congratulations to the essay contest winners! Next year, submit your essay and application, then to you could be a winner too.
Parents get ready.....! 4H Camp Applications are on the way. July 2-6 see you there!
It's never too late to start a garden. Sustainable Landscaping classes are on the way. First class is February 11, 9 am at Fairlington Community Center. Register in advance at MGNV.org.
This weekend is the 4H Camp Counselor lock-in. This is a wonderful time to meet and greet fellow counselors, and meet 4H Extension Agents Reggie Morris and Caitlin Verdu.
Extra....Extra....Read all about it!
Essays must be 250-500 words, typed and double spaced. Essays must be submitted as attachments to Meggan Orenstein via email to [email protected]. Please include in your submission: your name, email address, phone number and name of your high school.
Calling all Arlington County and Alexandria City students!!!!!! Are you an excellent writer?! If so, submit your Essay for the 3rd Annual America Saves Contest. Prizes include $600, $400, or $200 dollars for first, second, and third place winners. If you are interested in find out how to submit your essay email [email protected] .
DIY Sustainable Landscaping seminars is coming to a city near you! Arlington County, VA February 11, 9am to noon at Fairlington Community Center.
Seminars are FREE!!!! FREE! Just register in Advance at MGNV.org
Are you a excellent cook, looking for ways to volunteer? Become a Master Food Volunteer! Support Family and Consumer Sciences Agents with education and outreach; Cooking Demonstrations, Health Fairs, Nutrition and cooking classes for Adults, Parents, and Seniors. For all this and more register at offices.ext.v.edu/fairfax/program/fcs Classes start soon, so don't be late!
This Friday is the last day to submit your 4H Camp Counselor Applications. Get them in while the price is still low.
Reminder: 4-H Camp Counselor Applications are due at the end of the week. Access the application here: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/arlington/programs/4h/
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Nonprofit Wish Catalog is LIVE! Will you grant a wish today? Wish Spotlight: VCE Arlington Arlington County Virginia Cooperative Extension
Their wish: Energy Masters Kits; Saving energy while saving the planet! VCE is providing energy efficiency kits to underserved members of our community along with instructions and instructional videos. Please support us in fundraising to provide tools that can assist residents in saving on their utility bills and make them more comfortable at home. Sample kits could include LED 9W light bulbs, leak detector tabs, gasket covers for electrical outlets and light switches, electric socket child safety covers, and a Weatherstrip Window Kit. Depending on funds, more items will be added.
**Give to this wish or any of the other 24 wishes at www.arlcf.org/wish.**
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In recent years oaks in the white oak group, such as chestnut oak (Quercus montana) and white oak (Quercus alba), have started dying in significant numbers. Some reports indicate other oaks are affected as well. Reports came from urban foresters, state foresters, residents, and Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension. This fact sheet lays out potential causes, what local governments are working on, and tips for tree owners.