Agriculture and Natural Resources programs help sustain profitability of agricultural and forestry production, while protecting and enhancing the quality of our land and water resources.
As the horticulture agent for Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties, Tim Ohlwiler oversees the training and volunteer management of local Master Gardeners. These volunteers staff help lines in each extension office to answer homeowner questions about lawns, gardens, vegetables, flowers and trees. Volunteers maintain demonstration gardens. Master Gardeners also run a variety of educational programs in local schools. They also do horticulture therapy at some local nursing homes with the residents, among other educational projects.
Tim Ohlwiler also works with the local commercial horticulture industry in the above mentioned counties. He develops programs in conjunction with other extension agents to meet the needs of orchard growers, vineyards, nurseries, fruit and vegetable growers. He also provides education and information for pesticide safety and compliance with state and federal regulations. And he also works with service providers to the landscape industry such as landscape maintenance, tree care worker and lawn care technicians. He provides access to information form specialists at Virginia Tech and Virginia State University to those in the local horticulture industry.
As an animal science agent, Tim Mize works with local producers in Fauquier and surrounding counties, delivering researched-based educational programs on various topics, including animal nutrition and reproduction, hay and pasture management, and soil and water conservation. In cooperation with other extension agents and specialist, Tim also works in other agricultural areas, including row crops, byproduct feeds, nutrient management, commodity and speciality marketing, and private pesticide applicators.
Family & Consumer Science programs provide education to help people increase knowledge, in order to make informed decisions about:
- Food and nutrition practices for good health.
- Economic strategies for financial stability.
- Tips for creating strong and stable families and interpersonal relationships.
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The Fauquier County 4-H Program offers youth ages 5-19 opportunities to participate in clubs, educational contests, camps, horse and livestock shows, and much more!
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:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
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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