In all states where the Master Gardener volunteers exist, they are trained and supervised through a partnership with Cooperative Extension, which created the Master Gardener training. When an individual works as a Master Gardener, he or she acts as a representative of Cooperative Extension.
Cooperative Extension serves as a link between land-grant universities and the community. Extension provides outreach to the average citizen and works to disseminate the latest information and research.
"Virginia Cooperative Extension enables people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs."
VCE is all about Virginians working with Virginians in communities, homes, and businesses. A product of cooperation among local, state, and federal governments, VCE operates 107 county/city offices to create a communication network among all the people of the Commonwealth. VCE representatives are Extension educators, led by local agent and campus faculty, taking knowledge from the land-grant universities of Virginia State and Virginia Tech and their nationwide sister institutions to everyday people with everyday problems.
The Newport News Unit of VCE conducts programs in three program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources (including horticulture), 4-H, and Family and Consumer Science (FCS).
Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)
Residents can contact the VCE-Newport News office (757-591-4838) for horticulture recommendations and information, and educational program opportunities. Our office also provides limited laboratory services through Virginia Tech.
Volunteer opportunities are offered through the Master Gardener program. Newport News Master Gardeners extend unbiased, research-based horticulture information to residents.
4-H is the largest comprehensive youth development program in the nation. 4-H is a community of young people nationwide who learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills.
4-H programs are conducted in a partnership with local residents, volunteers, private support, three levels of government, and universities, 4-H participants are all youth, age 5 to 19, taking part in programs provided as the result of actions planned and initiated by Extension personnel in cooperation with volunteers. 4-H teaches and develops leadership in our youth.
Family Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Agents and specialists offer programs that can help build strong families. Programs and information are available on the following topics:
Managing Household finances
Food Nutrition and Safety
For more information, call the Newport News office at (757) 591-4838.