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The York County/City of Poquoson 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 York County and the City of Poquoson improve the quality of their lives.

We provide education through programs in Horticulture, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

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What's New

2019 York-Poquoson Jr. 4-H Camp

While we do not have the dates for the 2019 4-H Junior Summer Camp yet, we are beginning the process of interviewing, hiring, and training Teen Counselors and Counselors-in-Training (CIT).  If you are or will be between 15 and 18 years old from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 and would like to serve as a teen counselor submit your application to our office by October 15, 2018, with interviews to be held the week of October 22-26, 2018.  If you are or will be 14 years old from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 and would like to serve as a CIT, reference forms need to be received in our office by November 16, 2018.

Teen Counselor application 

Fescue Lawn Clinic 

The York/Poquoson Master Gardeners have Fescue Lawn Clinics planned for the early fall.  If you know that you will need to renovate your lawn or want to learn what it takes to maintain your lawn, you don't want to miss this!  The cost of the clinic is $5.  To register, contact the Extension office at 757-890-4940. 

  • September 22 - Taylor's Do it Center, 475 Wythe Creek Road, Poquoson 

A Talk in the Garden

The York/Poquoson Master Gardeners will have a Talk in the Garden on the 3rd Thursday of every month through October from 11:30am to Noon in the classroom area of the York Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road (between Goodwin Neck Road and the York County Public Safety Building). 

Bring your lunch and listen to a different topic each month.  No need to register.....just come out, enjoy the Garden and gain some knowledge and gardening tips from the York/Poquoson Master Gardeners.
  October 18th - How to Prune  

Peninsula Master Gardener Training Course 

Master Gardeners are a vital resource to the York County/Poquoson Extension Horticultural Program. These volunteers teach classes, answer horticultural inquiries, present programs, and diagnose plant diseases. Master Gardeners extend the resources of the land-grant university through their volunteer efforts.

The Peninsula Offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the 2018 Master Gardener training.  Participants in the program attend all classes and will receive a minimum of 50-60 hours of horticultural information.

Upon graduation, the participant will return 50 hours of service to Virginia Cooperative Extension, through answering the phone, conducting educational programs, leading a team, support positions and many other areas.  Classes cover some of the following topics:

  • Insects
  • Lawns
  • Pruning
  • Shrubs 
  • Soils
  • Trees
  • Vegetables

The fee for this course is $150.  Fees associated with this course will cover handbook, a background check and other materials.  (Please note the background check fee of $10 is non-refundable.)

An individual may take the In-person course or the Hybrid training course:

In-Person Training Course

  • September 4 to November 14, 2018
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to Noon + 3 Saturdays
  • VT/UVA HR Center (Oyster Point)
    600 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 210, Newport News
  • In-Person Training Schedule (PDF)

Hybrid Training Course

  • August 15 to November 14, 2018
  • Online preparation + Wednesday evening classes 6:30-8pm + 3 Saturdays
  • Yorktown Library
    8500 George Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown
  • Hybrid Training Schedule (PDF)

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.

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