Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.
There are many ways you can get involved with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.
The Eastern Shore Master Gardeners
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers play a vital role in their communities, making a positive impact through their horticultural expertise and dedication.
Environmental Stewardship: These volunteers encourage environmental stewardship by promoting sustainable landscape practices. They advocate for responsible gardening techniques that benefit both the ecosystem and our Eastern Shore community.
Education and Outreach: ES Master Gardeners provide valuable education to the public. They answer gardening questions through help desks, conduct workshops, and offer classes. Their knowledge helps community members make informed decisions about their gardens and landscapes.
Demonstration Gardens: The ES Master Gardener program maintains demonstration gardens in both Accomack and Northampton counties. These gardens serve as living classrooms, showcasing various plants, design ideas, and sustainable practices. Visitors learn firsthand about gardening techniques and plant choices.
Youth Engagement: The ES Master Gardeners engage with youth through gardening programs. By teaching children about plants, nutrition, and environmental awareness, they foster a love for nature and encourage future generations to care for the environment. We currently host gardening programs in Pungoteague Elementary School and New Roots Youth Garden in Cape Charles.
Quality of Life Improvement: Through their efforts, ES Master Gardeners enhance the overall quality of life for Easten Shore citizens. Whether it’s beautifying public spaces, growing food, or promoting green practices, their impact reverberates throughout the community.
Please visit www.esvmg.com for more information.
Accomack County Extension Leadership Council
The mission of the Extension Leadership Council (ELC) is to develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension's resources toward the resolution of identified issues and concerns. In order to achieve this mission, Extension staff and volunteer members of the ELC work as equal partners.
The Accomack County Extension Leadership Council meets on a quarterly basis, usually the second Tuesday of March, June, September and December. The council is composed of a diverse group of collaborators and volunteers representing the three Extension program areas of Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H. Council members serve a two-year term. Some of the key roles and functions of the Extension Leadership Council are as follows:
• Be an advocate for Extension and its programs.
• Identify community problems, issues, and concerns which Extension can and should address, and prioritize according to need and available resources.
• Assess current programs and activities of Extension.
• Identify other community agencies/organizations that are concerned and working with some of the identified needs and look for opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.
If you would like additional information on the Accomack ELC, please contact the Accomack Extension Office at 757-787-1361 x 14.