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.
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (VCE-MGs) are volunteers with Extension dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management educational programs.
To earn the title Extension Master Gardener, individuals complete 50 hours of training in all aspects of horticulture education and must pass a written exam. As a condition of the training program, within the next year, each participant must contribute 50 hours of volunteer time in horticulture programming to the community. To maintain the title of Extension Master Gardener in subsequent years, volunteers must contribute a minimum of 20 hours. Activities include answering citizen’s questions on gardening and diagnosis of plant problems, conducting winter gardening workshops, staffing information booths at various community events, maintaining educational gardens, and much more.
Becoming a Master Gardener will provide unlimited opportunity to increase your horticultural knowledge and experience through fun and exciting activities. Secure your place in our next training class (usually starts the second Tuesday in January) by calling Virginia Cooperative Extension-Halifax at 434-476-2147.
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:
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.