The Halifax 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 Halifax 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.
Halifax County 4H Texas Hurricane Relief Project
Ut Prosim, “That I may serve” is so much more than a motto for Virginia Tech, it is the heartbeat of Hokies and a mission of 4-H youth around the world. Service Learning projects positively impact both the youth as well as the community they are serving. This spring 4-H teens primarily from south central Virginia will go the Rockport, Texas to aid with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Youth ages 14-18 are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is January 19, 2018. For more information, please refer to the links below.
2017 Halifax County 4-H Camp
4-H Camp can be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of childhood. The 2017 summer residential camp for Halifax County residents will be held June 12-16 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, Virginia. Campers ages 9–13 years old are given the opportunity to live in a group setting, develop social, physical, mental and other life skills. Each day youth participate in games, classes, and team events while under the supervision of trained teenagers and adults. Class choices are not only educational but are packed with fun, examples include outdoor adventure, horsemanship, animal science, robotics, wildlife, canoeing, swimming and much more. Camp fee is $260. Registration will take place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday, April 1 at the Halifax County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office. A $75.00 deposit is required at registration. Space is limited and camp usually fills the first day of registration. For more information contact Sonya Furgurson, 4-H Agent at email@example.com or Hunter Martin, Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOVA Agricultural Experience
SovaAg.com was created to help highlight Agritourism opportunities in Southern Virginia and connect local family farms with the community at large. Agritourism is where Virginia’s top two industries of agriculture and tourism intersect, as farms offer fun and educational experiences to community members, providing them opportunities to get outdoors and be physically active, while learning about agriculture, seeing where their food comes from, and enjoying a variety of authentic farm experiences. Our region has a rich agriculture heritage and is home to many family farms producing fresh foods right in our own backyards. There is an obvious need to connect these farmers with the community members who need access to the foods they are producing, as well as a need for nutrition education and local food systems to help improve the health of residents in the area. Check out our directory page to find a great Agritourism opportunity in your own backyard!
The Southern Virginia Agricultural Experience is a collaborative effort made up of Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agents from Pittsylvania County, Halifax County, and Campbell County. Ashley Nauta, Livvy Preisser, & Jamie Stowe were brought on in 2014/2015 to lead the team and help provide area farmers with the tools necessary to promote their businesses and increase awareness of fresh, healthy, locally produced food, and fun outdoor family experiences. With a special focus in Ag Marketing/Agritourism, our team is passionate about making the public aware of all the amazing farmers that call Southern Virginia home.
Top 10 Items to Know for Virginia Forest Landowners
As a new landowner or landowner looking for new alternatives, you should consider taking time to gather the necessary tools and information prior to taking action on your forestland. Owning land is fulfilling in and of itself, but can become overwhelming when you think about all your management options. To help you, first, think about what should be done. This can be a matter of opinion if you ask any natural resource professional “what should I do?” Doing some homework first, then presenting ideas to your Extension Forester or State Forester in your county will save you both time and money – both of which most people find they can use more of. Here are some top 10 items forest landowners should consider BEFORE seeking help: