The City of Lynchburg 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 City of Lynchburg improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability
Hill City Master Gardeners
Volunteers who work with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service to improve gardening skills throughout the community through education. Program objectives are implemented through the training of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners. We collaborate with Extension to conduct youth and community education; establish and maintain demonstration gardens; organize a Home Visit team; and provide a speakers bureau. We work with special audiences in the community for youth and community outreach of a horticultural nature. We recruit and educate new Master Gardener candidates for effective volunteering. Master Gardeners are local volunteers in your community who work with the Virginia Cooperative Extension service to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve your community’s quality of life through various horticultural projects. For more information, please visit our website: www.hcmga.com
Here in Virginia, recent outbreaks of boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease that results in severe defoliation and dieback of susceptible boxwood including English and American varieties, is increasingly becoming a very serious concern for many local growers, landscapers, and homeowners.
For more detailed and extensive information regarding the disease, visit the Boxwood Blight Task Force webpage.
Please select the link for the Plant Disease Diagnostic Form - Pub. 450-097 which you need to complete and submit with any plant samples submitted for diagnosis to the Virginia Tech Plant Clinic. For boxwood blight samples brought into the office to be submitted for diagnosis, the Lynchburg Cooperative Extension will incur the shipping expenses.
Boxwood Blight Updates – click here for further information
Plant Disease Clinic - Plant Disease Alerts to access timeline and plant disease notifications for the State of Virginia.
Hill City Master Gardener 2019 Trainee Class – Now Accepting Applications
Interested in learning more about all aspects of gardening and sharing that knowledge with the people in our community? The Hill City Master Gardener Association may be just what you have been looking for!
Applications for the 2019 Training Class for New Master Gardeners are now being accepted. Application deadline - January 31, 2019.
Please click here for further information, and visit the Hill City Master Gardener Association website: www.hcmga.com to complete the application process. Applications can be found under the “Become a Master Gardener” tab located near the top of the page.
Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification
Recertification Training for Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Registered Technicians is offered annually by the Lynchburg Extension office. This recertification includes Agents and Specialists from Virginia Cooperative Extension. Click the link below for more information and how to register for the 2019 Commercial Pesticide Recertification Training which will be offered on two days (March 12 & March 14) at the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College).
4-H Summer Camp
The City of Lynchburg is excited to start working on our 2019 4-H summer camp! This year’s camp is scheduled for July 1-5, 2019 and will be held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. If you are interested in sending any youth to our camp, please call 434-455-3740, or send in the application. Scholarships are available on an “as needed” basis, and there are a limited amount of funds. Please contact us early about scholarships. We hope to hear from you soon!
Workshops and Seminars
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.