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CLICK HERE to view a list of staff members and their program area 

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Pictured L to R: Katie, Kim, Ellen, Gabriela, Saroj, Adria, Shumaila, Lareka, India

The Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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.

Latest News & Announcements  

Fairfax Arlington Alexandria (FAA) 4-H Camp
Northern Virginia 4-H Center - Front Royal

June 19 - 23, 2022
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Virtual Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

VCE is excited to offer 3 virtual sessions of Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) this spring. If you or a loved one is living with a chronic condition, you know that how people manage their conditions on a day to day basis greatly determines their symptoms and quality of life. CDSMP participants practice evidence-based tools to control their symptoms, better manage their health problems, and lead fuller lives.

Apply here by April 22, 2022 at 5 PM 

  • Mondays 11 AM to 1:30 PM: May 2, 9, 16, 23, (no session May 30); June 6, 13 [Leaders: April Payne & Katie Strong]
  • Tuesdays 11 AM to 1:30 PM: May 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21 [Leaders: April Payne & Vanessa Santiago]
  • Thursdays 9:30 AM to noon: May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9 [Leaders: Vanessa Santiago & Katie Strong]

Who should apply? Adults who have or care for someone with a chronic health condition such as anxiety/depression, arthritis, autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, long COVID, and more.

What should participants expect? Participants meet 6 times over Zoom and agree to attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions, join sessions from a private area to maintain confidentiality, and keep video cameras on for the whole session. 

How much does it cost? There is no fee for this program.

April Payne, Extension Agent, Spotsylvania and Stafford |
Vanessa Santiago, Extension Agent, Warren, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page |
Katie Strong, Extension Agent, Fairfax |

Soil Testing in Fairfax County: 

Soil test kits are available by mail from our office—there are also some in the lobby of the 10th floor of our office bldg. (12011 Government Center Pkwy) and in the Main Gov’t Center (12000 Govenment Center Pkwy).

We have them at all 23 Fairfax County Public Libraries.  Currently the libraries are closed but open for curbside service, they can still be requested at the libraries.

We also stock soil test kits at:  
Merrifield Garden Center (Gallows Road and Fair Oaks Locations)
Burke Nursery in Burke
Twins Ace Hardware in Fairfax City
Browns Hardware in Falls Church
Holly, Woods and Vines Nursery and Campbell & Ferrara Nursery both in Alexandria


Virtual Plant Clinics 

Learn all about our new virtual plant clinics and how to register at

Can't make a session-

Don't worry, visit our youtube channel to catch up 


What's In Your Water? 

Click Here for more information

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COMING September 14, 2022.
Email Katie Strong or call 703-324-5369 to be added to the mailing list. 

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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