The Spotsylvania County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Spotsylvania County improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

What's New . . . . .

2018 Practical Beekeeping for Beginners

The Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium (VBTA) is offering Practical Beekeeping for Beginners.  The class is intensive, meets once a week for approximately two months and is designed primarily for people who want to keep bees. 

Class size is limited and registration usually fills up early.

Classes are open to adults and children (age 10+ accompanied by a paying adult).

Books include:  Diana Sammataro, The Beekeepers Handbook (4th edition), Mid Atlantic Apiculture (MAAREC) Beekeeping Basics and Honey Bee Parasite, Pests, Predators & Diseases as well as handouts and membership in a local beekeeping association for club affiliated classes.

Rappahannock Beekeepers Association (RBA)

Classes start Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Snow Library, 8740 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA

Instructor:  Kim Fraser

Contact Kim Fraser at



2017 ServSafe manager's Course

This is a 16 hour course that includes the book, instruction, test preparation, and a nationally recognized certificate. Please call the extension office for more details if needed.

2017 ServSafe manager's Course Brochure and Registration (PDF | 1MB)

Online Registration

2017 Food Handler's Class

The ServSafe Food Handler Program is a complete solution that delivers consistent food safety training to employees. The program covers five key areas:

  • Basic Food Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Cross-contamination & Allergens
  • Time & Temperature
  • Cleaning & Sanitation

 2017 Food Handler's Class (PDF | 1MB)

2017 Commercial Pesticide Certification & Recertification Courses

2017 Commercial Pesticide Certification Preparation Courses Brochure (PDF | 553KB)

  • March 13 & 14, 2017 - CORE

  • March 21 & 22, 2017 - Category 3A
  • March 27 & 29, 2017 - Category 3B
  • March 30, 2017 - Category 6
  • March 31, 2017 - Testing

2017 Spotsylvania 4-H Junior Camp

Who: All Youth, Ages 9-13 as of September 30, 2017

What: 2017 4-H Junior Camp

When: July 23-27, 2017

Where: Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Front Royal, VA

Please submit your registration with payment as soon as possible. Early bird special expires January 31, 2017. 2017 Junior 4-H Camp Brochure and Registration (PDF | 2MB)

If you are 13 or 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 you may apply as a Counselor–In-Training. Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Application (PDF | 841KB)

If you are age 14 or older as of January 1, 2017 you may apply as a Counselor. Counselor Application (PDF | 798KB)

Please submit camp registration and applications to the office as soon as possible. Spaces are limited. Contact Cindy Puryear, 4-H Agent with any questions at 540-507-7569 or