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The City of Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach 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


Virginia Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators Recertification Courses

Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators must be recertified every two years. If your certification expires on June 30, 2018, check out the lineup of VCE-sponsored recertification events. These recertifications cover categories 3a, 3b, 5a, 6, 8, 10 and 60. Contact the offices below for registration information.

November 2017 - Portsmouth, cyndiw@vt.edu or 757-393-5314

December 2017 - Virginia Beach, awise@vt.edu or 757-385-4769

March 2018 - Norfolk, cepes1@vt.edu or 757-683-2818

April 2018 – Hampton,  megank@vt.edu or 757-890-4940

June 2018 – Chesapeakemikeand@vt.edu or 757-382-6348

Gardening Talks

The Virginia Beach Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present the 2017 Gardening Talk & Workshops Series.  This FREE series is open to the public and held at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library on select Mondays from 7:00pm-8:00pm.  To see the 2017 schedule, click the 2017 Virginia Beach Master Gardeners Gardening Talks and Workshops (PDF | 581KB).

Gardening Workshops

Get some hands-on experience with these learning opportunities with the help of the VCE Master Gardeners of Virginia Beach. Registration required.

July 29, 2017 - Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden

August 2, 2017 - Herbs Then and Now

Rain Barrel Workshops

Join the VCE Master Gardener Water Stewards to learn about water conservation and build a rain barrel to use at your home. Go to http://vbmg.org/ to register for upcoming events.

2017 Dates:

  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 19
  • October 14

Well Water Testing

Do you have a well?  Do you know what's in your water? Through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, we will offer an opportunity for affordable water testing, help interpreting water test results, and information about addressing problems. Attend a Drinking Water Clinic on July 17, 2017 at 8:00a.m. or 7:00p.m. to learn more about having your water tested. Click here for more details on this summer's clinic. Learn more about well water testing at http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/clinics.php.

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Roy Flanagan stands next to a field planted with winter wheat in Virginia Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

At Work With Roy Flanagan, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Va. Beach

I’m born and raised in Virginia Beach on a family farm in Pungo. Growing up on a farm and being involved in 4-H, Cooperative Extension was a big part of my childhood. My first job was actually recycling pesticide containers as a teenager. I manned a trailer at the city dump over the summer.

When I graduated from Ferrum College, my plan was to farm full time. It was not my father’s plan. But my wife and myself farm about 200 acres in Pungo part time.


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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 Alumni and represent your 4-H state: http://bit.ly/2m0vYgp The top three states with the most “hands raised” will earn $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000, respectively.

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