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The Arlington County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia St
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.
Mission: Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools you can use every day to improve your life
Eat Smart, Be Active!
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
INFO :: The City's fall leaf collection program begins on October 30 and runs through December. Residents who receive City residential trash and recycling services have the option of raking leaves to the curb for vacuum trucks, bagging for curbside collection, or composting.
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.
Help others to become more energy efficient by becoming an Energy Master Volunteer. As a volunteer, you would learn techniques and alternatives to reduce energy consumption and lower the cost of energy use. This program has helped many individuals be aware of their energy use while conserving other resources.
Engaging Our Community in Caring for Our Environment.
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!
Calling all high-school students: apply to VCE's financial essay contest and win BIG! Cash prizes of $600, $400, and $200 are awarded to our winners. Full contest details are available below. Good luck!
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/
Interested in learning why greens are important, how to grow them, and the benefits of eating them. Well, join us today at Fairlington Community Center 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA from 7- 8 pm. We will provide supplies and tools for you to plant your own container of greens to start eating healthier this New Year.
More teens needed!!!!!!!! Become a camp counselor for 4H camp in Front Royal, VA July 2nd - 6th. Counselor fees is $100 before January 13th. After the January 13th deadline, fees increase to $150.00. Don't miss a opportunity to learn, explore, and have fun!
Cash Prize includes $600 first place, $400 second, and $200 third place...
Join Arlington County 4H! Sign up to become a camp counselor, especially while the price is $100.00 after January 13, price increase to $150.00. Enjoy a week long overnight camp in Front Royal, Virginia. For more information visit our website.
Calling all Arlington Teens! Be sure to get your 4-H Camp Counselor application in by Friday, January 13. Access the link here: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/arlington/programs/4h/4h_flyers/2017_arlington_counselor_application.pdf
Happy New Year!
Join us Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7- 8pm at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington, VA as we tell you about Microgreens: What are they, why are they so Fabulous, and how to grow them.
If you cannot come on January's date, try January 17, 2017 at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA same time.
How have you and your family started with a small savings plan, but eventually achieved a big goal? Is the question for the American Save Essay Contest. Open to students aged 14- older, who are in grades 9-12 in Alexandria City and Arlington County Schools. Essay must be 250 to 500 words typed and double spaced. Submit completed essay an email to [email protected], by 5pm, Friday, February 10, 2017. In email include email, phone #, and name of high school. Complete and submit the pledge at www.NorthernVirginiaSaves.org
Calling all Teens..... Alexandria City Public Schools , Arlington County Recreation, Youth & Family Programs, and Arlington County Virginia !! 3rd Annual America Saves Essay Contest is back. Contest is open to teens 14 and older, who are in grades 9-12. First Place prize $600 second place $400, and third place $200 dollars. To learn more information about contest rules, topic, and submission contact Meggan Orenstein at 703-228-6421 or email [email protected]
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From the Staff at Arlington County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, we wish you and your family a happy and wonderful Holiday Season.
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