Agriculture and Natural Resources offers programming for agriculture production, forest production and home gardening.
- Soil Testing for Lawn/Garden and Commercial/Pasture (Stop by our office to pick up soil boxes!)
- Hay and Forage Testing
- Equipment Library (Soil Probe, Hay Probe, Measuring Wheel)
- Weed Identification and Control Recommendation
- Pest Identification and Control Recommendation
- Field Visits
- Management Consultation
- Annual Well Water Testing Clinic
4-H is the comprehensive youth development program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Young people from ages 5 to 18 engage in hands-on learning experiences under the guidance of 4-H agents and trained adult or teen 4-H volunteers.
- Summer Camp: Save the Date for July 17-21, 2023! More information and registration is available at https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/2023-4-h-camp/home.
- In-school and Homeschool Programs
4-H MOTTO: To Make the Best Better!
I Pledge...My HEAD to Clearer Thinking,
My HEART to Greater Loyalty,
My HANDS to Larger Service,
and My HEALTH to Better Living,
For My Club, My Community, My Country, and My World.
4-H COLORS: Green & White.
The white is for purity. The green, nature’s most common color, is for life, springtime, and youth.
For more information on 4-H in Virginia, please visit the Virginia 4-H Website.
4-H Member Enrollment Forms
All Goochland 4-H programs require completed enrollment forms for members to participate. Virginia 4-H uses the online enrollment site, 4-H Online for all registration. If you need more assistance please contact the Goochland Extension Office. Links are provided below.
- 4-H Online Registration Site
- How to Set up a Family account on 4-H Online
- 4-H Youth Member Enrollment (Short form)
- 4-H Health History Report Form
- Virginia 4-H Standardized Code of Conduct For 4-H Programs/Events
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Equine Release, Waiver, and Indemnification Statement
Interested in one of our clubs? Contact 4-H Agent Cayla Walker.
Goochland 4-H Shooting Education Club : Ages 9-18
This club focuses on teaching responsible handling of any firearm, including safety, cleaning and proper storage. The youth will have a chance to compete in several 4-H sponsored shooting events throughout the year. The club is lead by qualified, trained instructors in archery, rifle and shotgun. **There is currently a waiting list for this club.**
Trailblazers: Ages 5-18
Come join this 4-H club that explores different aspects of communications and expressive arts such as public speaking, photography, and table setting. Meetings take place one Saturday per month, dates are available by contacting 4-H Agent Cayla Walker.
Goochland Livestock Club: Ages 9-18
You don't have to own livestock to learn about showing and basic care giving techniques. The club also participates in animal science knowledge competitions such as Dairy Quiz Bowl. Join us if you want to learn more about large and small livestock in Virginia. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at St. Mathews UMC in Rockville. This club is open to youth aged 5-18 as of September 30th of the current year.
Great Equestrians: Ages 9-18
Our very own horse club. A horse club for youth aged 9-18 in Goochland County to promote education, horsemanship, and participation in horse shows, clinics, and field trips. Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month October-August.
Junior Summer Camp: For a fee you can join us at Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and Camp for a week long summer camp. Jamestown offers canoeing, riflery, crafts and much more. Don’t miss a minute of the fun!
Come Join the Fun... 4-H Is for Everyone!!!
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. Check out our local Community Viability program:
Goochland Leadership Enterprise
The Goochland Leadership Enterprise informs and educates interested citizens about issues facing the County to foster citizen involvement in making Goochland a desirable place to live, work and enjoy life.
To develop, on an annual basis, a group of county citizens who will be motivated to participate in current and future county activities.
· Encourage program participants from all areas of the county to get involved in community activities and to develop leadership skills.
· Expand citizen leadership potential by increasing their knowledge of Goochland County and the critical issues facing its citizens.
· Develop interactive participation and a collaborative citizen involvement between program members and current community and local government leaders.
· Identify those citizens who have an interest in helping the county develop its vision to become a desirable place to live, work and enjoy life.
Do you have a question about Community Viability?
Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.