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The Frederick County 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 Frederick County improve their lives.  We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

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2018 VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about community issues and to identify needs in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.  Please take a couple of minutes to share your opinions and observations.  The results of this survey will help in shaping Virginia Cooperative Extension programs in the Northern Shenandoah Valley (Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties). 

A potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and a variety of other crops, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Frederick County, Virginia, on Jan. 10, 2018.

It is important to look for it and report any finds.

Spotted lanternfly has also been reported on a range of ornamentals around the home and in the landscape.

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2019 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Class in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

Attached is an application to join the 2019 Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardener Training class in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Master Gardener Volunteer programs are now located in 45 states and serve in over 60 Virginia counties. Our five-county unit, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners (NSVMG), has over 129 active VCE-Master Gardener Volunteers.

We offer the course to train and educate new volunteers for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. The program trains volunteers who want to help VCE conduct educational programs and disseminate research-based information to the public.

Our 2019 Master Gardener (MG) course is a two-part program. The first part, as a MG Trainee, is approximately 70 hours of classroom education where you will be exposed to all phases of horticulture. The second part is a required 50 hours of volunteer time - you will work in the community under supervision as a MG Intern applying classroom principles to approved Virginia Cooperative Extension horticulture projects supported by the local MG association. Master Gardeners already in the program tell us this internship time is as valuable as the classroom - maybe more. After you complete the two-phase program, you will be certified and considered an experienced volunteer qualified to bear the title "Extension Master Gardener."

If accepted into the training class, you will find exemplary speakers: knowledgeable professionals, local commercial growers and business people, and professors from local universities and colleges. Classroom training will begin Tuesday, February 19, 2019, and conclude around May 16, 2019. The classes will meet twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630. Regular class sessions will begin promptly at 6:00 PM and conclude at 9:00 PM and participants are not allowed to miss more than three classes.

If you are interested in participating in our Master Gardener program, and are able to complete each phase of the training, please submit the attached application (4 pages). The tuition for the 2019 Master Gardener Training is $225.00 and is due at the time of your interview on January 17th. Tuition covers The Virginia Master Gardener Handbook, 2019 VCE-Pest Management Guide, one soil test, class materials, background screening fee, and your first year of membership in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. Mailing instructions are on the last page of the application.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited for the training. Please print the attached form, complete the information in its entirety (please print clearly) and return no later than Thursday, January 10, 2019. We look forward to working with you as part of the 2019 class.

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    Managers of food service operations such as hotels, restaurants, schools, nursing homes, child care centers, hospitals, caterers, and clubs are encouraged to complete the two-day ServSafe Manager's Training, which is a nationally accredited food safety certification program developed by the National Restaurant Association.

To find an upcoming ServSafe class, offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension, click here.

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