The Essex County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Essex County improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

What's New


Essex Livestock Club first meeting of the year Sunday September 19 5PM Essex VCE. New members welcome! For more information about the club and how to join call Essex 4-H at 804-443-3551 or email

Essex Livestock Club First Meeting of the Year

September 19 at 5 PM at the Extension Office, Essex's 4-H Livestock Club will be having their first meeting to welcome new members, discuss goals for the year, and elect officers.

Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced as per VCE Guidelines.

Virtual option available! Please email for the link

4-H After-School to meet weekly at Essex VCE. Opportunities to discover STEM, Wildlife and Nature, Citizenship, and more! Contact 804-443-3551 or for more information

Join 4-H After-School!

Starting this year: an After-School Community club. A perfect opportunity for those who want to get involved in 4-H but maybe don't know what they're interested in yet.

Members get to participate in a variety of 4-H projects and programs, developing knoweldge, skills, and character. Interest form can be filled out here.

4-H Sewing Program for ages 9-18. Date/Time: TBD Biweekly held after school; location: Essex VCE. Learn sewing basics, clothes construction, upcycling, and more! For more info email or call 804-443-3551.

4-H Sewing Program

Essex Sewing is back! Welcoming beginner and experienced sewers.

Day of the week to be determined.

2022 Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener Training is being offered by Northern Neck Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices. Training to become a Master Gardener involves a variety of topics related to horticulture.

The class will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 9AM-12PM, Feb 15 to Apr 14 2022. For more infomation you can visit their website and to preregister, call Northumberland Cooperative Extension at (804)580-5694.

Worm Composting with Essex 4-H! For youth and their families. Benefits: compost for garden or potted plants, waste reduction, science at home. Provided Materials: bin, red wigglers, first food scraps, upkeep information. Worm Bin Workshop July 29 5:30 PM RSVP by July 22 Location Essex Cooperative Extension

Vermicomposting with 4-H!

What is Vermicomposting? Well, it's the use of worms to degrade organic material into compost. A Worm Bin can be kept inside your house and doesn't require a lot of space. When maintained properly, it doesn't smell.

Essex has materials to give our first set of bins to families for free. If interested in starting a worm bin, contact Lauren Jones at

VCE AG Today 2021

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension every Thursday at 9:00 am for VCE AG Today:  A weekly webinar updating you on current agricultural practice.  Click here for more information. Past recordings also available to watch.

Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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