Information on how to get your Soil Test Kits CLICK HERE
Virginia Cooperative Extension is imperative to the communities we serve. Through evidence-based education, VCE Alexandria and Arlington brings University research to the people of the Commonwealth. The Why Alexandria/Arlington resource was created with the hopes of showcasing the vital work both of these offices provide these localities in the areas of 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Agriculture/Natural Resources. We are certain this resource will show our partners the stake VCE has had, and will continue to have, in Alexandria & Arlington County.
Bird Mortality Update (07/21/2021) The ban on feeding birds and bird baths remains in place for all individuals who reside within the focal zone (Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, Loudoun). However, for people who live outside the greater Washington DC and Northern Virginia region, regular feeding can resume provided that all feeders used for that purpose are taken down, emptied (and unused seed thrown away), washed/cleaned, and disinfected with 10% bleach solution every 3-4 days. The same strategy also now applies to bird baths (i.e., empty/clean/disinfect every 3-4 days).
Bird Mortality Event. Virginia is one of a growing number of states in the mid-Atlantic and greater Ohio River Valley regions currently experiencing a situation where large numbers of birds have become sick, incapacitated, or died. Although extensive investigation and testing is underway, a causative agent has not yet been identified. To read more about this event please click HERE.
Joyce Hylton Receives Alexandria’s Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The 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.
Virginia State University (VSU) CENTERS Summer programs provide an opportunity for youth (especially urban, minority, and at-risk) to engage with VSU. They offer several programs, many of which have a STEM component. Some are free and some are offered at a cost. To learn more CLICK HERE.
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.
Watch this video from Virginia Cooperative Extenstion and Virginia State University celebrating National Volunteer Week, 2021.
VCE Programs Meet Critical Community Needs. Find out more HERE.
Check out this Letter to the Editor of the Sun Gazette by Claudia Sturges Scott, an Extension Master Food Volunteer, urging the Arilington County Board to continue it's support and funding of Cooperative Extension programs in the County.
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.
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.
Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening, Friday, July 30, 10–11:30 am, ONLINE. Wondering what to plant when the weather starts to cool? Join us to learn what to plant when, and simple tips for success. We will discuss inexpensive techniques to extend your harvest and ways to enjoy some of your crops in the dead of winter. We will also discuss how to select and plant winter cover crops to improve your soil for next year. Free.
Native Vines for the Home Garden, Friday, August 6, 10-11:30 am. Extension Master Gardeners will discuss about a dozen vines native to the Mid-Atlantic region and how they can be used as excellent substitutes for such invasive non-native vines as English ivy, Asian wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, and porcelainberry. Free. RSVP HERE.
Soil Health. Friday, August 13, 10-11:30 am, ONLINE. Want to grow more flavorful tomatoes? Want to produce more colorful blooms? Healthy plants need healthy soil to do their best. Join Kirsten Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington County and City of Alexandria, for the basics of how you can improve your soil 'health', improve water retention, increase your garden's ability to fight off diseases, and reduce your need for fertilizers and pesticides. Free. RSVP HERE.
Saturday, Aug 14 Hammond Middle School Supply Giveaway (10am-12pm)- Energy Masters volunteers will distribute school supplies & hold an information booth on energy efficiency in the cafeteria of the Francis C. Hammond Middle School on 4646 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304. Registration is not required.
Arlington County Fair “Nights, Lights & Bites”. Wednesday, August 18 through Sunday, August 22. Have you had a spectacular garden this year? Are your beans beautiful and zinnias amazing? Come to the Arlington County Fair and enter the Competitive Exhibits for Fruits and Vegetables or Flowers! Entries will be judged by Extension Master Gardeners and there are prizes galore to give you bragging rights in your neighborhood. Residents of Arlington County, Alexandria City, Falls Church City and Joint Base Myers-Henderson are eligible to enter. Kids welcome! Registration is online only
Challenges of the Summer Garden, Part II. Friday, August 20, 10-11:30 am, ONLINE. Extension Master Gardeners invite you to submit specific questions on summer weeds, insects, disease or water concerns. Please complete our diagnostic form to describe your specific garden problem and directions on how to take a helpful photograph so that the panel can give you an accurate diagnosis. Please submit your question, diagnostic form and photo, if you have one, by August 12. Free. RSVP HERE.
Fall Weed ID in the Garden. Friday, August 27, 10-11:30 am, ONLINE. Join Extension Master Gardeners as they discusses some of the most common weeds in our area that flourish in the Fall. While a weed may be just a wildflower in the wrong place, learn why they may like your lawn and garden and how you can safely and effectively control them. Free. RSVP HERE.
Energy Masters Bingo Nights, 5 to 6 p.m.- Tuesdays, September 7 & October 12. Join us for free, fun bingo events suitable for the whole family and get tips to make your home more comfortable, information on how to reduce your energy and water bills, and ideas to protect our environment. Prizes include a $25 gift card to either Giant supermarket or Home Depot and LED light bulbs. Only residents of Arlington County or City of Alexandria are eligible to win prizes. Sponsored by Energy Masters. Register online: https://tinyurl.com/energymastersbingo
Únase a nosotros para Bingo a través del mismo enlace anterior el 7 de septiembre y 12 de octubre de 5:00 a 6:00 p.m. Los premios incluyen una tarjeta de regalo de $ 25 para el supermercado Giant o Home Depot y una bombilla LED. Solo los residentes del contado de Arlington y la ciudad de Alexandria pueden ganar los premios. Los ganadores están limitados a ganar una tarjeta de regalo cada dos meses. Registrarse aquí: https://tinyurl.com/energymastersbingo