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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.

What's New

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). 


    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 Gardeners!!

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.


Northern Piedmont 2018 Winter Vegetable School:

    February 22, 2018 ~ 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor's Center

     The Winter Vegetable School will feature Extension Specialists, Extension Agents, and a grower.  Join us to learn about niche crops, IPM and pest management, organic pest management tools, new pesticides, pesticide safety, food safety, soil management, and marketing.  Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits will be available.



Diabetes Prevention Program Begins January 23 in Winchester

Do you need to lose weight to improve your health?  Has your doctor said that you are pre-diabetic and need to make some changes?  Would you like to learn how to cook healthy meals?  If the answer to these questions is yes, then you need to sign up for the Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program beginning January 23, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen Street, Winchester, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The group meets every Tuesday for four months and then transitions into bi-weekly and monthly meetings for a total of 12 months.

You’ll learn how to make changes to your diet and increase physical activity, and you’ll learn tips and techniques others have used to be successful.  Participants will receive a cookbook, weekly recipes, and food samples, physical activity and food diaries, and other incentive items to help stay motivated and on the right track. 

The program is free for uninsured individuals or for those receiving Medicaid benefits.  Others may enroll for $90.

Preregistration is required and the deadline to register is January 16.  Class size is limited, so sign up soon.  For questions and to register contact Rebecca Davis at rdavis58@vt.edu or call 540/665-5699.