Programs offered in Accomack County
Agriculture is the number one land use for Accomack County encompassing 83% of Accomack County’s total acreage. Farming is crucial to the economy of the County and to the way of life of its residents. Agriculture in Accomack county continues to be based upon grain, vegetables and broiler chickens. Based on the 2012 census, Accomack is ranked number one in Virginia for grain production, and number two for vegetables and broiler production. Accomack is the third highest ranking county in Virginia for total value of agricultural products sold. While grain agriculture dominates, small farms and alternative enterprises are on the increase. Some of those include greenhouses, organic, specialty vegetables and livestock.
Agriculture Extension programs include:
- Agricultural Information
- Soil Testing and Recommendations
- Business Management and Marketing
- Nutrient Management
- Educational Programming
- Pesticide Certification
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Vegetables, Lawns and more
4-H is the youth development component of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
- 2018 Summer Camp
- Cloverbud 4-H Camp for youth ages 5 to 8
- Summer Camp for youth ages 9 to 13
- Horse Camps
- Shooting Education Camp
4-H Enrichment Programs
- 4-H Special Interest Groups are organized for a short period of time and do not have officers.
- 4-H School Enrichment Programs are offered through the school system. Teachers utilize 4-H curriculum to enhance the topics they have to teach. All materials are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
- Forestry/Environmental Education
- Financial Literacy
- Citizenship/Character Counts
- Food and Nutrition
A 4-H Club is an organized group of youngsters (ages 9 to 18) with elected officers and a planned program that is conducted throughout the year or the majority of the year. All clubs are made up of youth members and volunteer leaders.
- 4-H Community Clubs are formed in neighborhoods.
- 4-H After-School Clubs meet within the schools in the afternoon
- 4-H In-School Clubs meet in classrooms during the regular school day.
- 4-H Project Clubs concentrate on one project area through the club.
4-H Agents and Staff
Engaging with Communities
Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.
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