Agriculture and Natural Resources offers programs and information to assist with sustaining profitability of agriculture and forest production, which protecting and enhancing land and water resources.  Effective management alternative for livestock and poultry enterprises are presented through educational programs.  

What We Offer

  • Pesticide Safety Training
  • Soil Testing and Fertilization Recommendations
  • Insect, Disease, and Weed Identification and Control Measures
  • On-Farm Visits
  • Forage Testing
  • Publications and Newsletters
  • Forestry and Natural Resources

4-H is the worlds’ largest non-profit youth organization for ages 5-19. We are pleased to offer age specific opportunities for Cloverbuds (ages 5-8), Junior (ages 9-12), Intermediate (ages 13-14), and Senior (ages 14-19) 4-Her’s.  

The mission of 4-H is to develop youth, and adults working with those youth, to realize their full potential-becoming effective, contributing citizens through participation in research-based, non-formal, hands-on educational experiences. Pittsylvania County 4-H is providing opportunities for our youth to be contributing citizens through several different outlets.  

In-School Programming:

4-H offers programming for all 5th grade classes in Pittsylvania County that provide experiential learning opportunities that are centered around the SOL’s, while also incorporating a club atmosphere that requires the students to keep club reports/minutes and learn how to effectively manage a meeting. For more information about in-school programming, contact Mandi Dolan at (434) 432-7770, or mandi@vt.edu.

Reality Store:

A joint program between 4-H and Pittsylvania County Schools, Reality Store conducts a simulation for high school students that allow them to spend a day in the life of an adult, and make all the pertinent decisions around bills, clothes, car/home payments, etc. The Reality Store program occurs at each of the high schools in the county during one day every fall for a specific grade level of students. For more information, please contact Mandi Dolan at (434) 432-7770, or mandi@vt.edu.

Summer 4-H Camp:

Every summer Pittsylvania 4-H offers an over-night camping opportunity for every youth in the county, ages 9-12, during one week of the summer. Our camping location is at the W.E.Skelton 4-H Camp in Wirtz, Va., which is an ACA certified camp. Paid camp staff offer educational programs, ranging from rocketry to canoeing and from cooking to computer science. Registration for camp begins in the months of March and April each year. Look for camp brochures in your child’s school to register them.

Afterschool Curriculum:

4-H offers a wide array of curriculum that is available to any interested afterschool program in the area. Programming is also offered by our 4-H agent for any interested parties. For more information, please contact Mandi Dolan at (434) 432-7770, or mandi@vt.edu.

We are always looking for interested volunteers that have a passion for a particular interest and/or youth to share their expertise, or experience.

Special Interest Clubs

Pittsylvania County Livestock Club
Organizational Leader - Jamie Stowe
(434) 432-7770 | jnewby@vt.edu

Sycamore Saddles
Organizational Leader - Jeni Jefferson
(434) 258-3978 | wevegoneridn@yahoo.com

Chatham Shooting Education
Organizational Leader - Robert Hudson
(252) 738-3211 | hudsonr@vgcc.edu

Teens in Action Club
Organizational Leader - Mandi Dolan
(434) 432-7770 | mandi@vt.edu

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.

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