Virginia Cooperative Extension is vital to the communities we serve. Through evidence-based education, VCE Alexandria and VCE Arlington bring University research to the people of the Commonwealth. The Why Alexandria/Arlington resource was created with the hopes of showcasing the important work these offices provide to their respective localities in 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Agriculture/Natural Resources.

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) connects public land-grant universities with individuals, localities, and organizations throughout the commonwealth to ensure all Virginians have access to evidence-based resources to foster safe, resilient, and healthy communities. To learn more about VCE click here.

What's New

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Building Resilient Communities

From human health to soil health, Virginia Cooperative Extension has been hard at work supporting our neighbors in Arlington and Alexandria during this past year! Join us for our Annual Showcase on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 10:00-11:15am. This year’s theme is Building Resilient Communities!

You can look forward to a virtual presentation highlighting Extension’s educational programs and our volunteers. Come learn how Extension supports local partners in the areas of health & wellness, youth development, and environmental conservation.

Please register in advance for this meeting at:

Information on how to get your Soil Test Kits CLICK HERE

Kirsten Conrad, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, serving Arlington County and The City of Alexandria, was interviewed by Arlington Now about the recent increase in Oak Mite Bites. Read the article HERE.

We are hiring for a Financial Education Program AssociateThis position is part time and would support our financial education programs in Arlington County. Please APPLY HERE. If you have questions, please contact 

Joyce Hylton Receives Alexandria’s Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence AwardThe City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) & Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) presented the 2021 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award to Joyce Hylton, a Master Gardener volunteer in the Arlington/Alexandria unit of the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardener program. The award was presented during the City Council's May 12, 2021, Legislative Meeting. 

Free 1x1 Financial Coaching: VCE One on One Financial Coaching is free and confidential and is brought to you by our Master Financial Education Volunteers. Coaching sessions are based on one's needs; coaches help with budgets, answer financial questions, and provide helpful resources. Register HERE. Coaches will contact you by email, Zoom, or phone.

VCE Programs Meet Critical Community Needs. Find out more HERE.

Watch this video from Virginia Cooperative Extenstion and Virginia State University celebrating National Volunteer Week, 2021.

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2020 ROI VCE Arlington
2020 ROI VCE Arlington

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. These flexibilities are now available through Sept. 30, 2021.

The Extension Master Gardener Help Desk is operating daily. Please send all gardening questions via email. Volunteers are checking daily & responding in a timely manner. Good pictures are a necessity for the best possible answers.

Looking for online education options? Virginia Cooperative Extension now has a Public Program Calendar with free events & training from around the state.