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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Chesterfield Parks And Recreation To Oversee County’s Cooperative Extension Service

Chesterfield Parks And Recreation 

Chesterfield Virginia Cooperative Extension Services 

June 26, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield’s Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Department will fall within the county’s Parks and Recreation Department starting Wednesday, July 1.

Headquartered next door to Central Library at 9501 Lori Road, the Chesterfield Cooperative Extension Office provides research-based educational programming in three key areas: agricultural and natural resources, 4-H youth development, and family and consumer resources.

Cooperative Extension staff are able to significantly expand services to the community by utilizing a large volunteer base to provide additional outreach.  These volunteers serve as Master Gardeners, 4-H camp and club leaders, and Master Food Volunteers to carry forth the work of Extension into the Chesterfield community. The agency also operates a laboratory, where staff assists residents with their plant disease, insect or weed inquiries and problems for free.

Cooperative Extension’s move under Parks and Recreation comes after long-time Chesterfield VCE Director T. Michael Likins retires June 30 after 18 years with the county.

Prior to Likins’ retirement, both entities began working to streamline programs to better serve residents and enhance their experience. 

“We wish Mike Likins well in his retirement. As Director, he provided stellar leadership to the Cooperative Extension Service,” said Director of Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Dr. James Worsley. “Our department is excited about the opportunity to continue his vision and enhance services to the community.”

Cooperative Extension will continue offering the same services, camps, seminars and programming from its Lori Road offices and laboratory, with plans to maintain and enhance gardening, nutrition and financial wellness programs as part of its transition into Parks and Recreation.

“Both the Cooperative Extension and the Parks and Recreation Department share some similar goals including maintaining and improving the quality of the environment,” said Deputy County Administrator for Community Operations Scott Zaremba. “This is a great opportunity for the services in both areas to collaborate and grow to provide even greater benefit to our citizens.”

Learn more about the  Cooperative Extension Office by visiting https://www.chesterfield.gov/429/Cooperative-Extension.

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