The City of Portsmouth 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 the City of Portsmouth improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development.

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What's New

The Portsmouth Unit VCE Agents are building relationships and collaborative partnerships within the Portsmouth community by helping citizens put scientific knowledge to work through learning experiences that improve economic, environmental, and social well-being.  

Here’s information on some of the impacts of the VCE Agents in Portsmouth.  In the first photo (taken pre-pandemic), VCE partnered with Portsmouth Public Schools, working with teachers on nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices.

  • Time to get out and look at your winter garden.  Click  here for the latest on what to   prune and how to prune in your landscape.
vegetables from community garden

Click on the link here for vegetable gardening resources

We, at Portsmouth Extension Office, want to continue to contribute to Portsmouth and our local community health and wellness education needs! The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) services will present short videos of educational topics, monthly entitled “Healthy Communities 1st”.  This program will be provided from March through August, 2022.  Crystal Barber, MNS, RD- FCS Extension Agent- Registered Dietitian and NETA certified exercise instructor will be your host. The sessions will include collaborations with other VCE and Portsmouth faculty and staff, community partners, volunteers and participants.   (Please see more information on the Family & Consumer Sciences webpage.)

"Buzz, Body & Bites" - A Newsletter for Actively Aging Adults - May, 2022 issue, can be viewed by clicking here.

Nutrition and Wellness 4 COVID-19 Webinar

The first Nutrition and Wellness 4 COVID-19 Webinar -  to support our community's health and wellness needs during the pandemic can be viewed by clicking here

From the webinar, you will be provided a wealth of information on our office, stress management, an exercise demonstration, general self-care through COVID-19, and a smoothie-making demonstration.  Information on free publications and resources is also included in the presentation.  As FCS Agent and developer of the webinar, I welcome your feedback about the webinar or interests in any other FCS Program.  You may email your comments to Crystal Barber at cvbarber 

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The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. The program focuses on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping.

Click here for more information.

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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