Master Gardener Program

Master Gardeners act on behalf of VCE as a volunteer education after receiving specialized training in environmental horticulture through cooperative programming with VCE.  These volunteer educators serve as partners with VCE to promote; inform; and work with communities, leader, industry, and individuals by presenting programs on all aspects of horticulture to protect and enhance the environment, including turf, landscape, vegetables, trees and shrubs, and pest management practices.

Livestock Production

The Tazewell County Extension Office offers research based information about livestock production in the areas of animal health, livestock management facilities, livestock feed nutrition analysis, marketing and forage grazing plans.  

Crop Production

The Tazewell County Extension Office offers research based information in the field of crop production.  VCE offers programs that include soil management, fertilization, soil test analysis, and planting information.

Pest Management

The Tazewell County Extension Office offers programs to certified producers to apply restricted pesticides safely.

Damage Assessment and Emergency Preparedness

The Tazewell County Extension Office offers programs to prepare and help citizens in cases of a natural disasters.  The Extension office  monitors drought to determine local decorations that can result in assistance through other state and federal programs.

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program's mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and grownth.   Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping.

For more information about the Family Nutrition Program in your community, please call Ella Whitt, Family Nutrition Program Assistant.

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:   

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.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

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Community Viability Specialists

See a list of our Community Viability Specialists