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Posted on: June 2, 2023

Cooperative Extension Offers Ways to Get Involved

June 2. 2023

Cooperative Extension

The Chesterfield Cooperative Extension has several programs this spring, summer, and beyond to help you get out into the yard and into the community. 


If you’re looking for how you can get involved, here are some of the ways Chesterfield residents can interact with Cooperative Extension:



First Saturdays in the Garden

Join Chesterfield Master Gardeners on the first Saturday of every month from 10-11 a.m. at the Extension Demonstration Garden (9501 Lori Rd) for First Saturdays in the Garden. 


Each Saturday will have a different topic including the following: 


June 3: Small Space Gardening

July 8: Watering Techniques and Pest Management

Aug. 5: Seed Saving and Plant Propagation

Sept. 9: Building Soils

Oct. 7: Bulb and Perennial Division 


For more information, contact the office at (804) 751-4401.



Grass Roots

Need help with your lawn this spring? The Grass Roots program is here to help! Get to the root of the problem with Graff Roots, a Healthy Virginia Lawns Program. 


Grass Roots offers residents the opportunity to learn environmentally-friendly lawn care and remedy-specific problems contributing to your lawn and current condition. As part of this program, trained Master Gardener volunteers will evaluate your lawn and take soil samples. You will then receive a personalized lawn care plan that will be good for the next three years. Costs are $25 for one sample and $10 for each additional sample up to three.


To register visit the Cooperative Extension website at For inquiries, call the office at (804) 751-4401.



Farmers Market 2023

The Chesterfield County Farmers Market is back and will once again be held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ending on Sept. 27 at 6701 Mimms Loop.


Virginia farmers markets are an important resource for communities to provide access to local fresh produce, food, horticultural goods, and hygiene products. You also support local businesses by shopping at a farmers market. 


Please visit for weekly updates and vendor lists.  



Plant a Row for the Hungry

From now through the fall, join the Chesterfield County Extension and Master Gardeners in support of Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR). 


Plant a Row for the Hungry is a national people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate it. Chesterfield gardeners can help feed the hungry by donating extra produce at the Cooperative Extension Office Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m. and first Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. through Nov. 4. 


Donated produce should:


• be recently harvested

• have no signs of mold, spoilage, bruising or insects

• have excess dirt brushed off, but remain unwashed

• be brought in clean paper bags (preferred) or plastic bags


Donations are given to partner organizations such as SEVA Truck, Caritas, and A Place of Miracles Cafe, which turn the produce into fresh nutritious meals to feed the hungry in Chesterfield and throughout RVA.


For more information visit the Cooperative Extension website, call (804) 751-4401, or email


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