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.

The Marshall Center is locked to the public.   Please call 540-507-7570 to make an appointment to meet with an agent, pick up soil boxes, etc.


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Beekeeping Class

Beekeeping Class

Information coming soon.

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.

Instructor: Kim Fraser

To register contact Kim at

Classes are open to adults and children (age 10+ accompanied by a paying adult). Instruction is limited to 15 students. Registration is first night of class with a payment of $100.

Class will be taught by experienced beekeeper and includes information on buying equipment and obtaining bees to start honeybee colonies.

Books include:

        Diana Sammataro, The Beekeepers Handbook, 4th edition

        Mid Atlantic Apiculture (MAAREC) Beekeeping Basics

        Honey Bee Parasite, Pests, Predators,Diseases and handouts

        Membership in Rappahannock Area Beekeepers Association and Virginia                  Beekeepers Association included


ServSafe Manager's Course

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

Class Dates and locations - 

  • Dates to be determined for 2022
Please contact April Payne to schedule testing - or 540-507-7568
  • ServSafe Manager's Course
  • Re-Testing & Proctor available

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

Please contact April for more information - or 540-507-7568

Cooking for Crowds

A wonderful, affordable way for food safey education.  This class provides learning objectives for how to keep food safe while serving to the public and crowds.  It's a fantastic option for anyone, but especially church groups, clubs, and any organization/group that serves food.  Please contact April at to learn more and to schedule a class!

Please contact April for more information - or 540-507-7568


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Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

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