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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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Lunch & Learn

Join Us for Some Holiday Cheer!  ...   December Lunch and Learn Series

    Gifts from the Kitchen

Nothing says you care like a homemade gift, especially one that comes from your kitchen. Homemade kitchen gifts don’t have to be expensive, fancy or take a lot of time.  You can create delicious goodies for those special people in your life with just a little planning and a few hours of dedicated time.  You’ll learn how to make easy homemade spiced blueberry jam, hearty and delicious soup-in-a-jar, and other special treats, all perfect holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors and special friends.  Some samples and recipes will be provided.  Friday, Dec. 8, noon–1 p.m., *Bowman Library.  Maximum 25.  Minimum 10.  Preregistration is required by Dec 4. To register, https://handley.libcal.com/event/3737091

    Healthy Holiday Leftovers

Are you in a rut with holiday leftovers?  Is there too much leftover turkey sitting in your refrigerator after big holiday dinners?  Come learn about some creative ways to use those leftover holiday goodies.  We’ll make and sample some easy recipes with a healthy twist featuring turkey and other typical holiday leftovers.  Samples and recipes included.  Friday, Dec. 15, noon-1 p.m., *Bowman Library. Maximum 25. Minimum 10. Preregistration is required by Dec. 11. To register, https://handley.libcal.com/event/3737095

*Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City


    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.

  Virginia Cooperative Extension-Frederick County Office is offering a two-day ServSafe Manager's class February 16 & 23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at MidAtlantic Farm Credit Conference Center, 125 Prosperity Dr., Winchester, VA. The registration fee is $150 per individual, if received by February 2; groups of 10 or more pay a reduced rate. Contact Rebecca Davis, Extension Agent, for additional information (540/665-5699; rdavis@vt.edu). 

LIFT Building Stronger Muscles

LIFT yourself up!  Sign up now for adult strength training class beginning January  22

  There’s a new year just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about doing something just for you!

  If you are an adult who is looking to build stronger muscles, increase flexibility and reduce your risk of falls, then consider joining LIFT (Lifetime Improvements through Fitness Together).  This 8-week, group-based strength training program is offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension and is designed to promote balance and flexibility with the goal of improving functional fitness.

  LIFT is evidence based and is best suited for individuals who are mobile enough to get up and down from the floor.  Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen Street, Winchester, from 1-2 p.m. Pre-registration is required by January 12.

 To register, complete and return a registration form with a check for $25. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rebecca Davis at rdavis58@vt.edu. 


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Master Gardener Training Course Begins February 13

  Becoming a Certified Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener begins with 50 hours of classroom education.  The course is held once each year and provides training in many topics including landscape design, botany, pruning, pest management, soils, insects, and propagation.

  After completion of this minimum 50-hour course, interns must complete 50 hours of hands-on training by volunteering in the community at educational activities and programs.

  Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.  The first class will be February 13, and the final session is May 3.  All Classes will be held at the MidAtlantic Farm Credit classroom at 125 Prosperity Drive, Winchester.

  Registration will be held at 1 p.m. January 18.  Attendance is mandatory for this session.   Please complete the application and return by January 10.

  For more information, check the website at www.nsvmga.org/join

  The class fee is $225 per person and covers the cost of training materials, supplies, a VCE Master Gardener Handbook, a VCE Pest Management Guide, and a one year membership in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association.

Upcoming Events Brought to You by the

Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association!!

8th Annual Seed Exchange at Blandy Experimental Farm:  Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  No Cost.  Learn more at http://nsvmga.org/projects/blandy-seed-exchange/ 

  2018 Gardening in the Valley Symposium:  Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Cost:  $65 per person when you register with pay pal at our website; $70 for walk-ins.

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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