Danville ANR Agent Stuart Sutphin assists numerous residents and property owners with a wide array of lawn, garden, and landscape problems. From having soils tested for lime and fertilizer needs to pest identification and control recommendations the Horticulture Agent assists hundreds of people every year. Current Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications are made available through the Danville office to provide more detailed, research-based information to help local residents to become more effective and more environmentally responsible gardeners.
Any person who needs assistance with a horticulture related topic should contact the Danville Horticulture Extension Agent at (434)799-6558, send your questions (with a digital picture of your problem if applicable) on our contact us page or check out our ANR Publications.
Since the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent position was established in September 2007, many new programs have been started for youth in Danville. The 4-H Extension Agent has personally delivered programs or otherwise assisted over 2700 of Danville’s youth.
4-H programming has partnered with youth organizations such as United Way, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Danville, Danville Public Schools, and local faith based organizations to offer before and after school programming for youth. 4-H’s vision has been to offer programs to help keep area youth involved in positive youth development activities. These programs include: Youth Leadership Development, Agriculture in- school programming, Youth Entrepreneurship, Nutrition Education, and 4-H Resident Camp. Currently there are six 4-H clubs mainly which offer before/ after school programming and positive activities for youth to participate, two of these clubs meet year around.
4-H clubs are located at various elementary and middle schools, after-school centers and community centers. These clubs offer community activities throughout the year, which are not limited to just monthly club meetings. 4-H will focus its attention in the upcoming year on teen leadership development, nutrition education, youth entrepreneurship, agriculture and environmental education, life skills development and decision making.
For details on 4-H Programs, click here.
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Family Nutrition Program (FNP), helps limited income children and families acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to practice a healthier lifestyle. FNP is comprised of the Supplemnetal Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
FNP staff and trained volunteers teach participants the skills to select, buy, prepare, and store foods that will meet the nutritional needs of their families, while staying within a limited budget. FNP is also committed to encourage healthy lifestyle changes through partnerships with School Health Advisory Boards, Health Coalitions, and other community organizations by facilitating policy and environmental changes that promote healthier communities.
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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