The Dickenson 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 Dickenson 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

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Dickenson County 4-H Fundraiser

Dickenson County 4-H is doing a fundraiser to supprt 4-H programming in the county for 4-H Clubs, 4-H Camp and teen leadership opportunities.

The Dickenson County Extension Office is taking orders for bare-root strawberry plants.  By placing one large order, 4-H is able to offer the plants at a reduced price.  Orders will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

Only one variety is offered - Jewel.  The berries from a Jewel strawberry plant are exactly what you picture when you think of this variety of fruit.  Firm, deeply red and juicy, the berries adapt to a host of uses.  What are Jewel strawberries?  They are on the list of the top 10 strawberries.  The plants are resistant to the more common strawberry problems and self-pollinate, with fruit that has a delicious scent and flavor.  Jewel strawberry plants are a hybrid, which is recommended for commercial, home gardens and you-pick operations.  The plant is low growing, hugging the ground and spreading by stolon (runners).  In just a year from planting you can be harvesting bright red, wedge shaped fruits.  The berries are especially good for freezing but also lend themselves well to fresh fruit concoctions  Jewel is a midseason variety that starts to ripen in June.  The berries are large, and the plant produces plenty of the sweet fruit.  Jewel is also an adaptable variety that needs very little supplemental care.

Strawberries produce fruit the second year after planting; for example, plants which were set in 2019 should bear fruit in June or July of 2020.  Even though the plants will blossom the first year, these blooms should be picked off the first year to ensure more vigorous plants and a larger fruit harvest in years to come.  More informaton about growing strawberries is availabe from the Dickenson County Extension Office on request - 276/926-4605.

The order form is available here.

You may bring the form and payment to the Dickenson County Extension Office in Clintwood (in back of the public library building) or mail to -

Dickenson County Extension Office
P . O.  Box 1160
Clintwood, VA 24228

2019 Dickenson County 4-H Camp

Dickenson County 4-H'ers will camp with youth from Carroll County during the week of
July 8-12, 2019.  Application forms will be posted here as soon as they are available.  If you have questions, please contact the Dickenson County Extension Office at 276/926-4605.

Spotted Lanternfly

 

A potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and a variety of other crops, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Frederick County, Virginia, on January 10, 2018.  It is important to look for it and report any finds.  Spotted lanternfly has also been reported on a range of ornamentals around the home and in the landscape. 

The life cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly can be viewed in this document - Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle in Virginia.

For more information and additional resources, please see Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

 

Families Can Now Enroll in 4-H Online

4-H Online is an online member enrollment site for all of Virginia 4-H. All 4-H membership activity (youth and adult volunteers) is now managed through this website. Each family will share one log-in and password. Each individual will either register as a youth or an adult. It will even keep a record of all of your 4-H projects, animals, and awards for future reference on the 4-H All-Star application. Using the Chrome or Firefox browser, please visit http://virginia.4honline.com to enroll. If you have questions, you may send a message on Facebook (Dickenson County Virginia 4-H), e-mail rosek@vt.edu or call 926-4605.

 


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: http://bit.ly/2m0vYgp


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