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Summer Enrichment Program in Agriculture & Environmental Science

VSU Summer Enrichment Program

Virginia State University is hosting a summer enrichment program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math. It will be held June 22-26 on the Virginia State University campus and at Randolph Farm. For more information and to apply, check out the pdf link. Applications due by May 15th!


Family Friendly Fall Agriculture

Central & Southside Virginia is a great place to be this fall for family friendly agriculture events! Check out what is still going on around the area:

Owen Farm Tours

Owen Farm will be open on November 8th from 10:00am to 4:00pm with hayrides, pony rides, bounce house, barnyard friends, lots of fun games, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin rolling, pumpkin painting and much more.  http://www.owenfarmtours.com/

White Fall Farm

Don’t miss the famous hay castle at White Hall Farm!

Gross’ Orchard Apple Harvest Festival

October 18, 2014 is the annual Apple Harvest Festical at Gross’ Orchard in Bedford County. For more information as well as regular hours, check out their website at http://www.grossorchards.com/ or their Facebook page.

Layman Family Farms

Take a trip on over to Bedford County’s town of Blue Ridge, to check out the corn maze, pumpkin patch, haunted harvest and country store at Layman Family Farms. Runs September 13 – November 9, hours vary from month to month, so check out the website for more information: http://www.laymanfamilyfarms.com/.

Previous Family Friendly Fall Ag Events This Year Included:

Family & Farm Day


THIS SATURDAY, September 13th from 9:00am – 2:00pm at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Blackstone, VA. (Come check out the Arts & Crafts Festival in town too!) Lots of crafts, animals, and fun activities for youth! For more information about the Southern Piedmont AREC, visit their website. For pictures from last year, check out their Facebook page.

Richlands Dairy
Fall Farm Festival


Many of you may already be familiar with Richlands Dairy on 460 on the Nottoway – Dinwiddie line from childhood field trips to the dairy. Well, Richlands is branching out to share their farm with you this Fall. They have many different Saturday & Sunday hours and events from October 4 through November 1. Check out the family farm day, pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, animals, zombie maze, and haunted corn maze dates and times! For more information, click on the flyer or visit their website at richlandsdairyfarm.webs.com/ 

Parrish Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to Dundas! Gem of the sandy loams of southeast Lunenburg County, Dundas is home to several local mainstays. Ranking up there with sheep stew, the tank, and Willowland Farm strawberries – Parrish Pumpkin Patch has grown as an attraction for families and school groups alike. Check out their Facebook page for more details! Opening Wednesday, October 1st.

South Hill Farmer’s Day


October 4th, come visit South Hill for a blast from the past with the antique tractor parade, a petting zoo, and fun and games for the family. Visit the chamber of commerce website for more details.

Ravenelle Corn Maze

Welcome to Forest and try your hand at the Ravenelle Corn Maze, about 15 miles outside of the town of Bedford in Bedford County. Open Saturdays and Sundays September 27th through October 26th. For more information, check out http://visitbedford.com/event/the-ravenelle-corn-maze/.

Morgan Farms

Welcome to Huddleston! Come pick out a pumpkin or test your maze skills at Morgan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze in Bedford County. Open September 15- October 31, 7 days a week from 10:00am – 5:00pm. For more information visit: http://visitbedford.com/event/morgan-farms-pumpkin-patch-and-corn-maze/

Family and Farm Day!!!

It’s that time again… time for the annual Family & Farm Day at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Blackstone, VA! Bring the kids out for fun and farm on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00am – 2:00pm for games, crafts, animals, and more!


Family & Farm Day.pdf

Watershed Adventure Camp with SWCD

Watershed Adventure Camp

Staunton River Battlefield State Park
Clover,  VA
June 2-6, 2014

For students currently enrolled in 4th and 5th grade. This weeklong adventure will offer hands-on activities in environmental issues such as:  mapping, pollution (point and non-point), agriculture bmp’s, soils, stream walks, forestry, wildlife, watershed information, biological and chemical monitoring and a dragon fly pond activity.  There will also be an overview of the park and a tour of the Clover Power Plant.  A canoe trip down the Staunton River will take place on Friday. The Camp will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.  Lunch and snacks will be provided, but transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the applicant.  Carpooling may be helpful. It’s a great week! For more information, contact the extension office.

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2014 Halifax County Junior Livestock Show and Sale

Come join us for this year’s Junior Livestock Show and Sale at the Halifax County Fairgrounds on Saturday May 17th. The show will begin at 10:00 am with a dinner and auction sale following at 6:00 pm. Livestock to be sold will include 19 quality steers and heifers in addition to sheep, and goats. For more information call the Halifax County Extension Office at 434-476-2147.

Forestry Camp

Forestry Camp

Do you know any youth aged 13-16 who are interested in natural sciences?  Please consider nominating them to attend Holiday Lake Forestry Camp,  held June 16-21 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox.   Led by natural resource professionals, this residential camp provides field-based learning, skill development, and an introduction to natural resource careers.  All campers receive a substantial scholarship, keeping out-of-pocket costs low.  The nomination form and information can be found at www.dof.virginia.gov/camp.   The nomination deadline is April 11.   Please contact Ellen Powell (ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov) if you have questions.

Sixty-five campers and 3 teachers attended the annual Holiday Lake Forestry Camp. Campers learned about diverse topics, including tree identification, forest management, environmental protection, and wildlife. Many came away with a new appreciation for forestry and a desire to further their education in the natural resource field.