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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.

What's New 

2019 Horticultural Extravaganza

The 25th Anniversary of the Horticultural Extravaganza with Keynote Speaker BRYCE LANE will be held March 2, 2019 at Tabb High School in Yorktown, VA.  Registration Deadline is February 15th.

                            Horticultural Extravaganza Registration Form (PDF) 

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2019 York-Poquoson Junior 4-H Camp

4-H Summer Camp will be held August 5 - 9, 2019. 
Registration for Campers will begin on March 9, 2019.
Teen Counselors and CIT's have been selected for the
2019 4-H Summer Camp with training to begin in January.

Healthy Virginia Lawns Program

Register now for the Healthy Virginia Lawns program with visits to begin in March!  This program is designed to assist York County and Poquoson residents with taking care of their lawn in an economic and environmentally sound manner.  For $20 York/Poquoson Master Gardeners will:

  • Visit your site
  • Measure your yard
  • Take a soil sample to be analyzed by Virginia Tech
  • Provide you with CUSTOMIZED feedback for your yard and your situation
  • Answer any questions you may have about your turf      

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the York/Poquoson Extension office at
757-890-4940 to register for this program.  

Virginia Commercial Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification

For Categories 3a, 3b, 10, 60
Date:  March 7, 2019                        9:00am - 1:30pm
Location:  Norfolk Botanical Garden, Rose Garden Hall, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk
Application (PDF) 

For Categories 3a, 3b, 10, 60
Date:  April 5, 2019                    9am - 1:30pm
Location:  City of Virginia Beach Dept. of Public Utilities, 3500 Dam Neck Rd., Virginia Beach
Application (PDF)

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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