• Lawn and Garden Questions
For lawn and garden questions, please email our Help Desk.  Someone will be in touch with you regarding your questions as quickly as possible. 
  • Soil Sample Testing

We have soil test kits available for pick up at our office. The kit includes a box and the form to fill out to have your sample analyzed, along with instructions on how to take a good sample. You mail your sample and payment to Virginia Tech and they send you the results in 10-14 days. The current price for analysis is $10 each for lawn and garden samples. Please come by or call for more information.   

  • Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Are you having problems with your lawn or garden?  Is something eating your roses?  If your plants are not doing well or if you are being pestered by a particular insect pest or plant disease, you can learn what it is and get recommendations to control the pest or improve the health of your plants… for free!  The Stafford County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office is here to help you.  Bring your questions or problems to our office and a trained horticulture technician or the ANR Extension Agent will find an answer and a solution to your gardening questions and problems. 

In addition, you can speak to one of our Master Gardeners the Plant Clinics in operation during the growing season to help you with you questions.  Current Plant Clinics are in operation at the following sites and times:

Master Gardener Plant Clinics-  

Fredericksburg Farmer's Market Plant Clinic- Saturday mornings, 9AM-Noon,  April 5 through September 16.  Located at Hurkamp Park on the corner of William and Prince Edwards Streets in Fredericksburg.

Porter Library Plant Clinic-Second and Fourth Thursdays of each month, 6:30PM-8:30PM, May 11 through September 28.  Located in the lobby of the Porter Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard in Stafford.

Stafford County Farmer's Market Plant Clinic-First Sunday of each month, 8:30AM-1:00PM, May through October. Located in the Stafford Hospital parking lot behind the hospital at 101 Hospital Center Boulevard in Stafford.

Celebrate Del Webb Plant Clinic-Wednesday mornings, 9:30AM-11:30AM,  April through October. Located  in the Lodge at Celebrate by Del Webb Retirement Community, 10 Montera Drive in Stafford.

Spotsylvania Farmer's Market Plant Clinic-Saturday mornings, 8:45AM to Noon, May through July. Located at the Route 3 and Gordon Road Commuter Parking Lot in Spotsylvania.

Salem Church Library Plant Clinic-First and Third Tuesday of the month evenings, 6:00PM-8:00PM, March 7 through August 15. Located in the lobby of the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, in Spotsylvania.   

King George Farmer's Market Clinic-First Saturday of each month, 9:00AM-Noon, May through September. Located in the King George Elementary School parking lot at the corner of Route 3 and Route 205.

Extension Master Gardener Program

    Do you have an interest in horticulture and want to learn more?  Are you looking for a way to improve your community through volunteer service?  Do you enjoy teaching and talking to the public? 

 If the answer to any of these questions is yes, Master Gardener volunteer opportunities may be right for you.

Virginia Cooperative Extension-Master Gardeners come from all walks of life.  They are a group of enthusiastic volunteers linked by their love of gardening.

 Master Gardener volunteers donate 20 hours of their time a year to provide gardening and horticulture expertise to our community.  Their expertise is drawn from their training, their rich personal experiences, and the research of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, Virginia’s land grant universities.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener please call or e-mail the office to be put on our interest list. This year's course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning in mid September and ending in late November.  Applications will be sent out to interested individuals in August.   

Becoming a Master Gardener

Or visit the Master Gardener Association website at http://www.mgacra.org/

While viewing the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy community, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents and volunteers work in Planning District 16 (the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline) with a focus on improving wellness for individuals and their families.

FCS Extension Agents offer a wide variety of programs in the areas of nutrition, finance, family development, physical activity, food safety, and food preservation. As educators, community resource, and link in the community, our goal is to implement effective educational and outreach programs that provide people with the life skills needed to make positive changes, and improve their overall sense of well-being.

Please Contact April Payne at 540-507-7568 or arpayne@vt.edu for more information on classes available and how to arrange programming for your location!

For ServSafe Class information please call 540-507-7568

  The 4-H Youth Development Program in Stafford County affords youth and adults working with those youth the opportunity to learn and develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills.  Four-H offers fun-filled, hands-on, research-based learning opportunities.  4-H members must be between the ages of 9-19.  Occasionally clubs or programs are offered for Cloverbuds, youth between the ages of 5-8. 

Current Stafford 4-H Clubs Include:        

  • Feathers and Fur 4-H Club-Poultry and Rabbit focus.  Includes Cloverbud members. 
  • Stafford 4-H Livestock Club- Beef cattle, Swine, Sheep, and Meat Goat focus.  Members must be 9 to participate.
  • Sew What! 4-H Club -Projects focus on sewing. Members must be 9 to participate. Currently taking names for an info list in order to reactivate club.
  • Ringmasters 4-H Club - Horse riding and knowledge focus.  Members must be 9 to participate.
  • Leadership 4-H Club - Focuses on developing leadership and life skills in youth. Members must be 9 to participate.
  • L.E.A.D. 4-H Club - Focuses on Leadership and Career Exploration for teenagers. 
  • Aquia Harbour 4-H Club - Art, Science, and Nature focus.  Includes Cloverbud members.  Participants do not have to reside in Aquia Harbour in order to participate. 

Other 4-H Program Offerings Include:

  • 4-H Junior Camp - 5 day, 4 night overnight camp for ages 9-13.  Held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center.  Our 2022 camp will take place July 24-28.  Click here for more details!
  • School Enrichment Programs- We offer in-school programming by request on topics such as embryology, electricity, STEM, financial literacy, and many more.  Have your teacher contact us today to schedule a 4-H program in your classroom!

For more information about our programs or to obtain meeting dates, times, and locations, please contact our office.

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.

Community Viability Specialists

See a list of our Community Viability Specialists