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


2018 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.

2018 ServSafe Manager's Class

Online Registration


2018 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

 2018 Food Handler's Class


2018 Commercial Pesticide Certification & Recertification Courses

Commercial Pesticide Recertification Application  

  • March 8, 2018 - RECERTIFICATION Class
  • March 13 & 14, 2018 - CORE
  • March 20 & 21, 2018 - Category 3A
  • March 27 & 28, 2018 - Category 3B
  • March 29, 2018 - Category 6

Pesticide Prep Classes Application

  • March 30, 2018 - Testing


2018 Spotsylvania 4-H Junior Camp

Who: All Youth, Ages 9-13 as of September 30, 2018

What: 2018 4-H Junior Camp

When:  June 24-28, 2018

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

Camper registration opens on January 3, 2018.  . The camper early bird special expires January 31, 2018.  Camp Brochure

If you are 13 or 14 years old as of January 1, 2018 you may apply as a Counselor–In-Training. Counselor-In-Training Application

If you are age 14 or older as of January 1, 2018 you may apply as a Counselor.         Counselor Application

Please submit camp registration, payment 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