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.

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

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23 11am-4pm. Would you like to learn about buying a home in Arlington, Virginia? Consider joining the 2021 Live-in Arlington Fair, which is co-sponsored by the Arlington County Housing Division and the non-profit the Center for Assistance to Families. Energy Masters will exhibit at the fair. Come visit our table, which will have free handouts and giveaways on how to keep your home comfortable and efficient. Energy Masters Volunteers will be available during certain shifts to answer basic questions about energy. For more information, please contact or call 703-228-6406.

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.