Below are some links that may be helpful to fruit producers throughout the year:

Alson H. Smith, Jr., Agricultural Research & Extension Center (AREC) 

Extension Tree-Fruit-Horticulture Blogs

Tree Fruit Disease

Grape Pathology

General Fruit Entomology - managed by Doug Pfieffer

Tree Fruit Entomology - managed by Chris Bergh

Home Horticulture

Monthly Horticulture Tip Sheets

Frederick County has a group of Master Gardeners who have been trained through Virginia Cooperative Extension. They assist our office with home horticulture issues, and can be seen at events around the county.

Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association

Nursery and Greenhouse Production

Northern Shenandoah Valley Family and Consumer Sciences

Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff

Learn How To:

  • Strengthen your personal or family finances
  • Protect yourself from scams
  • Improve your indoor air quality
  • Save money by saving energy
  • Participate in post-bankruptcy financial education
  • Bring financial education to your organization, business, or school
  • Become a Master Financial Education Volunteer

Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program

Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent

Ask an Expert - Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Programs

Do you have a question about financial management or consumer issues? Ask an Expert

Learn How To:

  • Decrease risk of chronic disease through good nutrition
  • Get involved with adult nutrition/exercise programs
  • Bring nutrition programs to your agency or school
  • Get your ServSafe Certificate
  • Preserve foods safely using USDA-recommended practices
  • Other cooking, nutrition, physical activity related education opportunities available

FCS Programs Available in Nutrition, Cooking, Physical Activity, Food Safety, and Food Preservation


Ask an Expert - Frederick County & Warren County FCS Programs

Do you have a question about nutrition, food preservation or physical activity? Ask an Expert

Dyllan Chapins, 4-H Extension Agent, serves Frederick County, reaching youth and working with adult volunteers by delivering and managing educational programs.  These programs include in-school programs, camping programs, and chartered 4-H Clubs, which encompass subjects as varied as livestock and performing arts.  

4-H clubs offer opportunities to both youth and adults to enhance their citizenship and social skills, and to build upon a particular interest or hobby.  There are no fees associated with member enrollment, and members are encouraged to complete projects that are appropriate to each child's age and interests.  Projects range from raising animals to sewing to shooting skills to building small engines, and many more.  

What We Offer:

Cloverbud Clubs (ages 5-8)                      Frederick-Page 4-H Camp

Community Clubs (ages 9-18)                  Judging Teams

Special Interest Clubs (ages 9-18)          Junior Master Gardeners


Frederick County 4-H Clubs

Apples n Bits Horse and Service Club

2nd Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Wesley United Methodist Church

Contact: Jean Marie Vogler, (540) 550-4370         

Gore Spirits/Gore Cloverbud

2nd Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Fairview Lutheran Church

Contact: Aneta Swisher, (540) 336-2561

Civil War Investigators

2nd Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Wesley United Methodist Church

Contact: Bob Meadows, (540) 808-3304


3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Contact: Ruth Boden, (540) 247-5147

Eggs n Ears/Eggs n Ears Cloverbud

2nd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Round Hill Ruritan

Contact: Bridget Dinsmore, (703) 964-7801


Round Hill/Apple Pie Ridge Cloverbud

2nd Thursday, 6:45 p.m.

Round Hill Ruritan

Contact: Susan Lynch, (540) 662-7986

      Marietta Walls, (540) 678-1628

Frederick County 4-H Auto Mechanics

Meeting dates/locations varies, 6:30 p.m.

Gainesboro Fire Rescue

Contact: Rose McDonald (540) 877-4935

       Julie Shoemaker, (540) 336-7723


Shooting Education

2nd Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Gainesboro Fire Rescue

Contact: Julie Shoemaker, (540) 336-7723             

       Harry Miller, (540) 551-5076

       Mark McDonald, (540) 327-0933

Golden Horseshoe

2nd Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Gainesboro Fire Rescue

Contact: Rose McDonald, (540) 877-4935

      Faye Strickler, (540) 533-7029

Soaring Arrows/Shooting Stars Cloverbud

3rd Wednesday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Round Hill Ruritan

Contact: Amy Ulland, (703) 599-7209


Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.

Community Viability Specialists

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