All residents of Fairfax County are eligible to enroll in the Master Gardener Volunteer Training. This is an internationally recognized program of horticultural excellence. Trainees receive hands-on and classroom education from Extension agents and specialists, university faculty, and green industry professionals. Newly graduated Master Gardener Interns then receive training: work on class projects such as Plant Clinics, Demonstration Gardens, Horticulture Help Desk, Workshops and Community Special Events. After completing the requirements: Interns become Certified Master Gardeners. We have daytime and evening classes available for participants.
In Fairfax County there are two Master Gardener Programs:
The objective of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program (VAHWQP) is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians using private water supplies. Initiated in 1989, VAHWQP drinking water clinics have been conducted in nearly every county across Virginia, and 22,000 samples have been analyzed and results confidentially returned to participants. The best part: your water test results are explained in a helpful meeting, where ways of preventing contamination and treating water quality problems are also addressed.
Drinking water clinics are organized by your local Extension Agent and Virginia Tech faculty in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. Participation is voluntary and all information is kept strictly confidential. Anyone with a private water supply system (including wells, springs, and cisterns) may participate.
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FAIRFAX COUNTY WELL WATER CLINIC
Registration has CLOSED. Check our schedule for upcoming programs and events.
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We provide educational opportunities and information to people who use pesticides as part of their livelihood, to consumers with questions about the use and impact of pesticides in their everyday lives, and to policy makers such as local, state, and federal government regulators and legislators.
People who apply pesticides professionally need to obtain a Pesticide Applicators Certificate. Through education and examination, the certified applicator must maintain their certificate by attending re-certification classes every two years.
For more information please visit the Virginia Tech Pesticide Program.
Pesticide Certification and Recertification information below
A routine soil test package includes analysis for soil pH, P, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, Mn, Cu, Fe, and B, along with fertilizer and lime recommendations for the specified crop. Soluble salts and organic matter tests are also available. To obtain a Virginia Tech Soil Test Kit please visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Fairfax at the address below, or any Fairfax County Public Libraries.
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Fairfax County Office
12011 Government Center Pkwy, 10th floor
Fairfax, VA 22035
We also stock soil test kits at :
Merrifield Garden Center (Gallows Road and Fair Oaks Locations)
Twins Ace Hardware (Fairfax City)
Campbell and Ferrara Nursery
- Once you get the box and form, follow the directions for sampling on the back of the form. You will need to take about 12-15 scoops of soil or more to make a composite sample representative of your test area.
- You mail the soil and payment directly to the Soil Testing Lab at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA for analysis. A routine test is $10. It typically takes about 10-14 days for a response.
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Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is looking for qualified applicants to become Master Food Volunteers!
Participants receive 30 hours of training over four days:
- Basic nutrition
- Meal planning
- Cooking techniques
- Food safety
- Working with diverse audiences
At the end of the training, participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently help others improve their lives through balanced eating and healthy living. In return, participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of the training.
Opportunities for service include health fair displays, food demonstrations at farmers' markets, teaching food safety classes, submitting articles to the media on nutrition and wellness, assisting with Extension nutrition programs for youth and adults, and much more!
Extension offers spring and fall training sessions for new Master Food Volunteers in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.
Participants are required to attend all four training dates and complete homework to fulfill the 30-hour training requirement.
Spring 2018 - Fridays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, applications due February 23
Pennino Building 10th floor kitchen
12011 Government Center Parkway Ste 1050
Fairfax, VA 22035-1111
Fee of $100 will cover lunches, training materials, apron, tote bag, and supplies.
1. Download and complete the Master Food Volunteer Application.
2. Return the completed application by the application deadline.
By email: email@example.com
Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington Office
Attn: Jennifer Abel and Katie Strong
3308 S. Stafford St.
Arlington, VA 22206
3. Applicants will be interviewed to determine their interest and availability. Applicants will complete a criminal background screening, which is required for all VCE volunteers.
4. Payment is due two weeks prior to the first class day.
The Family Nutrition Program's mission is to teach limited-resource families how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping.
Program coordinators for limited income families in Fairfax County may contact our local FNP team to learn more. For food, nutrition, and health programming for other audiences, please contact Kathryn Strong.
Van Do, Extension Agent
Van collaborates with school teachers, school nurses, school food service staff, county agencies, and other partners to deliver research-based nutrition curricula to limited income families. Her programs teach families and youth how to buy and prepare healthy, affordable meals.
Gabriela Escalante, Program Assistant (Spanish speaking)
Gabriela delivers comprehensive programs--primarily in Spanish--designed for parents of young children and adults of limited income families. Her programs teach skills to buy and prepare healthy, affordable meals.
Saroj Khurana, Program Assistant
Saroj delivers comprehensive programs--primarily in English--designed for parents of young children and adults of limited income families. Her programs teach skills to buy and prepare healthy, affordable meals.
Ellen Mathis, Program Assistant
Ellen delivers programs in English to youth of limited income families. Her fun, interactive programs teach children skills to make healthy choices, handle food safely, and enjoy physical activity.
The number of consumers preserving foods at home continues to increase, as more consumers emphasize greater control over what they eat and where their food comes from. Failure to adequately preserve foods in the home can result in foodborne illness. Many families don’t have the knowledge to safely preserve their food at home. Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agents provide a variety of opportunities to fill this educational need.
Extension routinely holds in-service training for FCS agents and food safety educators on canning and food preservation, in order to meet the demand for food preservation information. Throughout the state, FCS agents also provide a variety of home food preservation workshops designed to teach participants how to safely can, freeze, or dry their own foods. The types of food preservation support provided include:
- General informational canning classes
- Canning demonstrations at community events
- Hands-on boiling water bath canning classes to teach how to safely can high acid foods
- Hands-on pressure canning classes to teach how to safety can low acid foods
- Pressure dial gauge inspections
- Individualize home preserver support via phone/e-mail
4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "Learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.
Fairfax County 4-H offers programs for youth in a variety of delivery modes. 4-H clubs are led by caring adult volunteers and are open to all youth who wish to participate.
Our clubs fall under two categories:
Project clubs (focusing on a specific project area such as animals)
Community clubs (focusing on various projects)
Our most popular annual events include a 4-H junior camp-a residential camp held in July at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, and the 4-H Fair.
For the most up-to-date information on upcoming programs, to find out more about clubs or to get most recent updates on events, visit our site at http://fairfax4h.weebly.com, visit our Blog, or find us on social media.
- Amphibians & Reptiles
- Beef Cattle
- Careers & Workforce Prep
- Clothing & Textiles
- Community Service
- Creative Writing
- Dairy Cattle
- Dog Care & Training
- Food & Nutrition
- Honey Bee
- Interior Design & Green Living
- International Travel
- Meat Science
- Natural Resources
- Outdoor Education & Living Skills
- Photography & Video
- Plants & Gardening
- Public Speaking
- Range Science
- Rocketry & Aerospace
- Science, Engineering & Technology
- Shooting Sports
- Small & Companion Animals
- Small Engines
- Theater & Performance Arts
- Veterinary Science
- Visual Arts
- Water Conservation
- Wildlife & Fisheries
- Youth Entrepreneurship
Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria
The 2018 FAA 4-H Camp registration is NOW OPEN. Join us Sunday, July 22 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 for Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria (FAA) 4-H Junior Camp held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center . Camp is open to youth age 9-13 (Must be 9 years old by Sept. 30, 2016). The camp fee includes transportation from camp, meals and lodging for five days and four nights, a camp T-shirt, and class supplies. Campers have the opportunity to pick their roommates if they like, and are then placed in a room with campers of similar age. Each morning, campers attend three different activities from options that include activities such as fishing, archery, horseback riding, or a ropes challenge course, plus much more. Lunch is followed by free recreation and swim time, and every evening campers enjoy a campfire, snack, and an evening program. For more information, please contact the Fairfax Cooperative Extension Office.
Now accepting Early Bird camper registration. Early Bird registration closes Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00pm.
Please download the following forms, complete and return to the Fairfax Cooperative Extension Office located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050, Fairfax, VA 22035. Campers are not considered registered until all required paperwork and camper fees are receied. Camper spaces and class selections are filled in the order that they are received.
We will be conducting the Embryology Program in 2018.
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The 3rd Annual Virginia Tech Maker Festival took place on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 10AM - 4PM at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043). Participants experienced a full day of creativity, engineering, and discovery! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please e-mail Carolyn Darville at firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers received a Certificate for their efforts as well as a free lunch. We enjoyed seeing everyone at this free, scientific, community event.
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Participants and volunteers at the VT Maker Festival had a day full of creativity, engineering and Resourcefulness where they learned to make just about anything. Demonstrations were held throughout the day and showcased the broadrange of inventiveness that exists in our community.
Fields that were to be explored
- Math (STEM)
- Eyeball Catapults
- DIY Slime
- Bat Paper Plane
- Candy Corn Dissolving Experiment
- Rockets to the Rescue
- Witches Hat Duct Tape Crafts
- Ghost Rockets Halloween Activity
- Glowing Oil and Water Experiment
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VIRGINIA TECH MAKER FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Virginia Tech - Northern Virginia Center
Falls Church, Virginia
Exhibits will be open from 10AM to 4PM on the festival day
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