The City of Petersburg 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 City of Petersburg 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

Important - Please note that our building may be going through a “remediation process” sometime between late winter and June 2019.  When this happens, we will not have access to our office.  We may be temporarily housed at VSU, in the Douglas Wilder Building. We strongly recommend that you email your party (,, or or call our office -733-1880 - before making a trip to this office.

It will take some patience to work with this office. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and will be relying heavily on the internet to communicate with our clients.

VISITORS – (Special instructions)

Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Petersburg Social Services building, which is now a secured area, requiring a check-in process. To visit the Extension office,  you must sign in on the Ipad next to the Kiosk when entering the building.  Under “Group/Department” select “Cooperative Extension” and follow instructions on Ipad.  At sign in, we are notified that you are in the building. We will send somebody to escort you to the 2nd floor.  For those who are attending a scheduled meeting/class; please arrive  10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit, to complete the sign in process. If you have waited for more than 15 minutes, please ask for assistance, and they will ring us. Or you can call our office from your personal cell.

2019 Junior 4-H Camp, City of Petersburg - July 8-12, 2019

Jr. 4-H Camp is a 5 day residential 4-H camping fun opportunity to learn skills through hands-on experiences for youth ages 9-13. 4-H camping is cooperative group living in a natural environment, which focuses on the individual's social, spiritual, mental, and physical development. The camping program helps youth build self-esteem, and challenges them to be innovative and creative. The purpose of 4-H camping is to develop life skills using fun, educational programs and activities. The six (6) major life skills that are emphasized at Jr. 4-H Camp are:

  • Understanding Self
  • Communicating and Relating to Others
  • Acquiring, Analyzing, and Using Information
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Managing Resources
  • Working with Others

In addition, 4-H camping exposes youth to educational and recreational experiences in a wide variety of programmatic areas, along with a dance, a talent show, arts and crafts, swim and recreation time, special evening events, songs and games, and more. 


Upcoming Events-Petersburg FCS

Virginia Cooperative Extension seeks volunteers for Master Food training

What:   Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Volunteer training program is a great opportunity for those who love cooking, and learning about nutrition and wellness, to be trained to empower others to make healthy lifestyle changes. The Chesterfield County and City of Petersburg offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension will co-sponsor a four-part program this spring to train volunteers to serve as community experts in basic nutrition and healthy cooking. 

The Master Food Volunteer Program is modeled after Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program which trains residents to serve as community experts in horticulture.  Volunteers in the Master Food Volunteer Program receive 30 hours of training in basic nutrition, meal planning, healthy cooking techniques, and food safety with an opportunity to sample delicious, healthy recipes.  In exchange, participants are asked to complete 30 hours of volunteer service within one year.  Volunteer opportunities include food demonstrations and displays at health fairs or farmers markets, food preparation and food safety classes and assisting with nutrition education programs.  An $80 participant fee for the class covers the curriculum and other educational materials, apron, food demonstration costs and background check (non-refundable fee of $10). Lunch will be provided each day of the training.

When/Where:     The Master Food Volunteer Training will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 at the City of Petersburg-VCE Office, 400 Farmer Street, #218, Petersburg, VA 23803.

Information:   To request an application or for more information,  contact Katrina Kirby, City of Petersburg-VCE Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at 804/733-1880, or Ann F. Vargo, FCS SNAP-Ed Agent at 804/751-4401,  An interview and references are required as part of the application process.  A background check will be completed on all applicants. 

Completed applications are due by February 22, 2019 and should be accompanied by a non-refundable $10 fee of cash, certified funds or money order, made payable to Treasurer, Virginia Tech.  Applications should be mailed or delivered to the City of Petersburg-VCE Office, 400 Farmer Street, #218, Petersburg, VA 23803, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The remaining $70 will be due upon acceptance into the program.

2019 FCS Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes

The City of Petersburg is now accepting registration for "2019 Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes" for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and anyone needing help with parenting and communication skills. Information focuses on pre-school children, primary, elementary school-aged children and teens. Certificates to be awarded to participants that complete the entire eight (8) weeks session. Pre-registration is required. Maximum of 25 participants per class. Register Early! Classes fill up very quickly. For questions call 804-733-1880 or email Katrina Kirby at

Session Number 1 January 10 thru February 28, 2019

Session Number 2:  March 14 thru May 2, 2019

Session Number 3:  August 8 thru September 26, 2019

Session Number 4:  October 3 thru November 21, 2019

Complete registration form; you can fax  (804-733-1950), or scan and email to or mail to VCE-City of Petersburg, 400 Farmer St., Suite 218, Petersburg, VA 23803-6367.    

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

The Family Nutrition Program offers a range of programs to teach the basics of healthy eating, active living, food safety, and menu planning on a budget. Below is the form most commonly used when you receive services related to this program.    

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes With The PreventT2 Program

As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and fit ways to overcome obstacles.


Office Newsletter

Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Why Prepare?

If you think about it, you take precautions every day, not just when an emergency occurs. For instance, you wear a seat belt in the car just to protect you in case of an accident. You make your children wear helmets when they ride their bicycles. You double check your iron to make sure it is unplugged.

Preparing for emergencies is not new. Your grandparents probably have extra supplies, such as: soap and shampoo in the bathroom closets, onions and potatoes stored in the basement, and canned goods on pantry shelves in their home. They understood the value of having a little extra on hand in case of emergencies.

All states and counties have experienced disasters. Virginian's have experienced ice storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and power outages.  It is wise to be prepared for the unexpected.

What is in This Brochure?

This brochure describes how to cope with an emergency situation and protect your family. It will help you to:

  • Assemble an emergency kit
  • Develop a family communication plan
  • Develop a family evacuation plan
  • Develop an in-home care plan for family members with special needs.

Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Family and Consumer Sciences



Mstr Fd Volunteer Application.pdf
Mstr Fd Volunteer Application.pdf

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.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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