As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.
This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.
The Albemarle County / Charlottesville 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 Albemarle County / Charlottesville improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
The Soil Testing Lab is now fully staffed and has worked through the sample backlog, so turn around time is back to normal. As always, while kits are available at the office, you must mail the samples to the lab at Tech as listed at the bottom of the form.
COVID-19 and Albemarle VCE Status:
The Thomas Jefferson Health District recommends individuals stay home if possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Albemarle VCE office is working to maintain service in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.
All Albemarle VCE in person programs have been suspended at this time. The office is currently using a telework status and the office is closed to the public. Please call 434-872-4580 if you have any questions. We are checking our voicemail daily.
For more information regarding the virus, please go to: https://ext.vt.edu/COVID-19updates.html.
Visit https://ext.vt.edu/ for resources for families on COVID 19.
Visit https://eatsmartmovemoreva.org/ for great recipes and tips on healthy living!
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Coping with the Stress of COVID-19
Take care of yourself
- Stay informed, but try to limit the amount of media coverage you take in about COVID-19
- Take care of your body. Eat well balanced meals, get plenty of rest and physical activity each day.
- Connect with others. Talk with trusted family and friends about your concerns. Maintain important relationships.
- Try to maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. Optimism helps us approach unpleasant circumstances in a more encouraging and helpful way.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Especially, if it affects they way you are able to take care of yourself or your family.
Support your children
- Take time to talk to your children and reassure them. Answer questions and share basic facts in a way they can understand. Reassure them that it’s okay to feel worried. And share positive ways you are coping with stress.
- Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage about COVID-19. They may misinterpret something they hear and be scared about something they don’t understand.
- Maintain a routine as best a possible. Maintaining regular activities can bring a sense of stability to a child.
- Be a role model. Follow the recommendations on how to support yourself.
FREE FOOD SAFETY ONLINE COURSES
The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe web site is offering free online Food Handler trainings through April 30, 2020. This free offer does NOT apply to the ServSafe Manager classes.
In addition, the site is also offering free online training for take-out and delivery with COVID-19 precautions through April 30, 2020.
To take advantage of this amazing opportunity, please follow this link:
For questions, please contact: Kimberly Booker, Family Consumer Sciences Associate Extension Agent, firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Please share our Community Flyer with your neighbors, friends, and family.
As part of our effort to share important information with our residents, we have created a one-page flyer with information about County services, community resources, and prevention tips.
We need your help to share this information, particularly with members of our community that do not have access to the internet. Below, you can click on the flyer to download the file. Email it, print it, post it. Thank you!
Monthly Horticulture Tip Sheets: Get the scoop on what to do and when!
These tip sheets give you the low down on what exactly to do during each month – to help keep your landscape, lawn, indoor house plants and more - green and growing!
Ask a Local Expert
Submit your questions to our office to learn about programs in, or to get questions answered about –
- Youth Leadership/4-H – Kimberly Buonomo
- Family, Health and Nutrition, Food Safety & Personal Finance – Kimberly Booker
- Horses, Livestock and Pasture – Carrie Swanson
- Lawns, Gardening & Landscaping – Master Gardeners
- Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director – Michelle Prysby
If you’re not sure who to contact, please drop a line to our front office and Nancy will be able to direct you to the right person.
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.