Virginia Cooperative Extension - Roanoke

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Roanoke Virginia Cooperative Extension in Roanoke is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, VT and VSU. Through educational programs, we help the people of Roanoke improve their lives.
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Did you know that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress can help improve your immune functio...
12/23/2020
Eating well to strengthen immune function on Virginia Tech Tuesday

Did you know that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress can help improve your immune function? Watch VT's very own Carlin Rafie as she explains how these healthy habits can help your body fight viruses like the novel coronavirus 👇

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Carlin Rafie with Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise says “We talk about masks, distancing, and washing your hands, but rarely do we talk about health…

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be closed for the holidays on Thursday, Dec 24 and Friday, Dec 25. We will also be c...
12/23/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be closed for the holidays on Thursday, Dec 24 and Friday, Dec 25. We will also be closed on Friday, Jan 1. Due to limited staffing during this time, we encourage you to call before you visit to ensure that we can best serve you. Happy Holidays from everyone at Extension!

Please note that the Brambleton Center is closed today. Thank you!
12/23/2020

Please note that the Brambleton Center is closed today. Thank you!

Brambleton Recreation Center will be closed on Wednesday, December 23rd, due to a continuing maintenance issue.

Looking for some healthy holiday hacks?  See below for tips to eat smart and move more during the holidays without sacri...
12/21/2020

Looking for some healthy holiday hacks? See below for tips to eat smart and move more during the holidays without sacrificing the flavor or fun!

Know a small business in need? Our friends over at Freedom First Credit Union are helping small businesses in need. Plea...
12/18/2020

Know a small business in need? Our friends over at Freedom First Credit Union are helping small businesses in need. Please share this information with other who may benefit! #roanoke #HealthyCommunities #COVID19

ln response to the economic hardships experienced by microbusinesses resulting from the COVlD-19 pandemic, the City of Roanoke, Virginia - Government, in partnership with Freedom First, is launching a small business relief grant program utilizing Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) federal funding.

This is a grant program created in response to businesses that are at-risk of closing or laying off employees due to COVID-19, and its goal is to keep businesses open and retain or create jobs in the City of Roanoke. To be eligible to receive a CDBG-CV Small Business Relief Grant, the business must be a for-profit small business in the City of Roanoke that will create and/or retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people in our region. Applications and further details can be found at https://hubs.la/H0CK5wZ0.

As the holidays approach, we encourage everyone to get creative and plan safe activities for your family.  Check out the...
12/17/2020

As the holidays approach, we encourage everyone to get creative and plan safe activities for your family. Check out the image below for some ideas. Then, comment to let us know how you're celebrating!

12/16/2020

Due to icy road conditions, the Brambleton Center is closed until noon. Please call ahead if you plan to visit so we can best assist you.

Interested in bringing home the bacon!? Support Roanoke City Public Schools today with a visit to their Breakfast with S...
12/12/2020

Interested in bringing home the bacon!? Support Roanoke City Public Schools today with a visit to their Breakfast with Santa event! Proceeds benefit homeless initiatives in Roanoke City. #roanoke #holidays #giveback

The bacon is ready, are you? The 5th annual ‘Breakfast with Santa’ takes place from 9 to 11 am at William Fleming High School. It is a Drive-Thru Event. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for a family of four. We accept cash or check. Breakfast will be packaged and placed in your vehicles. Proceeds from the event will benefit homeless students in Roanoke City Public Schools.

Congratulations to the Catawba Sustainability Center and Roanoke County, Virginia on this exciting opportunity! #roanoke...
12/11/2020
Governor announces grant to fund medicinal herb project at Catawba Sustainability Center

Congratulations to the Catawba Sustainability Center and Roanoke County, Virginia on this exciting opportunity! #roanoke #agriculture https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2020/12/outreach-catawba-medicinal-herbs.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_121120-fs

The money will be used to establish and maintain a propagation center for goldenseal, ramps, and black cohosh at the 377-acre farm property in Roanoke County.

If your employment has been impacted by COVID-19, you may qualify for an educational voucher of up to $3000 at Virginia ...
12/04/2020
We want to help you REV up your career... » Virginia Western Forms

If your employment has been impacted by COVID-19, you may qualify for an educational voucher of up to $3000 at Virginia Western Community College in order to obtain new skills and training. Learn more! #lifelonglearning #roanoke #COVID19 https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/rev/

See if you qualify for free education vouchers up to $3,000. Through the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) campaign, the governor’s office is giving Virginia’s Community Colleges $27 million to help current and future students cover the costs of tuition and fees in fields that will lead to careers...

Virginia 4-H
12/02/2020

Virginia 4-H

The best gift we can give our kids is to empower them with skills that will last for a lifetime - the reason why parents have been sending their kids to 4-H summer camps for decades. We want to ensure we preserve this life-changing experience now and for future generations.

This holiday season, you can help change lives and invest in positive youth development by texting VA4H to 51555 or visiting bit.ly/vceemergency to make a donation.

Virginia Family Nutrition Program
12/01/2020
Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Need a recipe that will keep you warm and cozy on even the chilliest days? 🥶 Try our Butternut Squash and Apple Soup! 👇

Is your budget ready for the holidays? Dr. Travis Mountain has some great tips to keep you on track! #roanoke #extension...
11/30/2020

Is your budget ready for the holidays? Dr. Travis Mountain has some great tips to keep you on track! #roanoke #extension #healthycommunities

Kianna Price from WFXR News talked to Dr. Travis Mountain, a Financial and Economic Well-Being specialist for VCE and Virginia Tech Agricultural & Applied Economics, about not overextending your budget during the holiday season. Watch the video! 👇
https://bit.ly/WFXRholidaybudget

💸 Find more money-saving tips from Dr. Mountain here.
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/AAEC/AAEC-216/AAEC-216.html

Today is Rev Your Bev Day across the Commonwealth! Today, we encourage all Virginians to make WATER your drink of choice...
11/13/2020
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Today is Rev Your Bev Day across the Commonwealth! Today, we encourage all Virginians to make WATER your drink of choice! Want to learn more? #RevYourBev https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/revyourbev/home

Replace your sugary drink with this delicious and bubbly option! This recipe uses sparkling seltzer water and fresh fruit for a refreshing twist.

11/13/2020
Rev Your Bev

Can you lift the sugar that you drink? The answer may surprise you! #revyourbev https://fb.watch/1JkfQwIjmB/

Can YOU lift the amount of sugar you drink? The weight will surprise you. Watch now.

11/09/2020
Neesey Payne

Need some advice on composting? Agricultural Agent Evan O'Neill has you covered! #roanoke #agriculture #gardening

If you're like me, most of your garden is probably about dead by now. Instead of throwing it all away, you can compost it. I talked with an expert at the Virginia Cooperative Extension who told me how to get started. It's actually pretty easy. The main thing you'll need is patience.

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism has many great fitness and physical activity videos available to keep you m...
11/04/2020
Home Fitness | Roanoke County Parks Rec & Tourism, VA

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism has many great fitness and physical activity videos available to keep you moving safely at home - take a look! #roanokeva #healthycommunities https://roanokecountyparks.com/639/Home-Fitness

While our facilities are closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) control efforts, we hope you’re keeping fitness in your life as much as possible. Here are a few resources to use from the comfort of your own living room!

10/30/2020

Take a moment to follow the Roanoke Financial Empowerment Center on social media! The Roanoke FEC offers high-quality, no-cost financial counseling for any Roanoke residents! Get in touch today to make an appointment and start reaching your money goals! #Roanoke #healthycommunities

Virginia Family Nutrition Program
10/29/2020
Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Halloween looks very different this year, but that doesn't mean it can't be just as fun! 👻 Have the best spooky celebration at home with these tips. 🎃👇

Struggling to stay afloat?  Visit https://www.healthyrv.org/normal/ for mental health support!
10/29/2020

Struggling to stay afloat? Visit https://www.healthyrv.org/normal/ for mental health support!

Yep, these are strange times.
Healthy Roanoke Valley, a partnership of dozens of nonprofit organizations, has compiled resources to help us all deal with increased stress, depression and anxiety. www.healthyrv.org/normal Carilion Clinic RIDE Solutions Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare - BRBH New Horizons Healthcare Bradley Free Clinic City of Roanoke, Virginia - Government Roanoke County Public Schools Salem City Schools - Salem, Virginia Intercept Health YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge LEAP for Local Food Prevention Council of Roanoke County Blue Ridge Independent Living Center Bank On Roanoke Valley Roanoke College Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Service of Roanoke Valley Roanoke Co+op Council of Community Services Family Promise of Greater Roanoke Points of Diversity Lewis Gale Medical Center CHIP of Roanoke Valley UnitedHealthcare

As we wrap up Farm to School Month, we reflect on all the fun we had during Farm to School Week with the Boys & Girls Cl...
10/28/2020

As we wrap up Farm to School Month, we reflect on all the fun we had during Farm to School Week with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia and Imagine Me Mentoring, LLC! And special thanks to LEAP for Local Food for being a wonderful partner in this work! #roanoke #healthycommunities

Virginia Farm to School Week was on October 5-9th and we celebrated with LEAP for Local Food and Virginia Cooperative Extension! They spent a great afternoon with our Club members, allowing them to taste a variety of Virginia-grown apples, and learn about nutritious, local food. Some kids even learned that they like pickled radishes and pea shoots!!🤭🥬🥦🍏

Club member, Skyler, wrote a Farm to School Week Member Story about the event! Check it out to see what our Club members learned from the event and how our Clubs help to make a positive impact on our members and the community around us💚

10/23/2020
GROWING IT IN VIRGINIA: Upcycle Container Gardening

4-H Agent Jonette Mungo from Carroll County shares some great tips for upcycling your plastic containers into adorable planters! #4hgrowshere #BlueRidgePBS https://vimeo.com/469037420 Blue Ridge PBS

4-H Youth Development Associate, Jonette Mungo, shows us how easy it is to grow our own microgreens, at home, using containers we already have available.

Stopping by the Brambleton Center to Vote before Election Day? Grab a soil sample box on your way through and vote for a...
10/19/2020

Stopping by the Brambleton Center to Vote before Election Day? Grab a soil sample box on your way through and vote for a better lawn & garden.

Virginia Cooperative Extension
10/16/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension

It's pumpkin and gourd season! Make sure yours don't rot by protecting them from rain and freezing temperatures and keeping them in a cool environment.

If you're growing your own pumpkins or gourds, make sure you wait until they are fully mature to harvest and give them time to cure!

ℹ️ Specialty Crop Profile: Pumpkins
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/.../438/438-100/438-100_pdf.pdf

ℹ️Pumpkin recipes
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/HNFE/HNFE-320/HNFE-320-16/HNFE-320-16-pdf.pdf

ℹ️Specialty Crop Profile: Ornamental Gourds
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/438/438-101/438-101.html

Graphic provided by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program.

Virginia Family Nutrition Program | Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

The Roanoke City Public Schools "Screen Smart" Program is all about strengthening digital wellness in a time when we are...
10/13/2020
Screen Smart Program Part 2

The Roanoke City Public Schools "Screen Smart" Program is all about strengthening digital wellness in a time when we are relying more heavily on technology for work and play. The program promotes two main strategies:
1. Decreasing screen use for entertainment, and
2. Taking regular movement breaks throughout the day.

How are you working to maintain a healthy relationship with screens these days? How do you encourage digital wellness for your kids? Comment below! 👇

Screen Smart Program Part 2

We're excited about this initiative to increase digital wellness in the Roanoke Community!  If you'd like to receive our...
10/13/2020
Katey Roshetko WDBJ7

We're excited about this initiative to increase digital wellness in the Roanoke Community! If you'd like to receive our digital wellness resource guide for families, send us a private message with you email address. Then comment below - what does digital wellness mean for you and your family?

Roanoke City Public Schools is partnering with the Virginia Cooperative Extension - Roanoke to increase digital wellness among its students.

Rachel Burks, the family & consumer sciences SNAP education agent for VCE in Roanoke, defines digital wellness as finding the balance between using screens as tools and as entertainment.

So the VCE and RCPS are launching a new “Screen Smart” program designed to educate students on how to take their digital health into their own hands.

🍏 An apple a day keeps the doctor away!  Did you know that apples are one of the most popular and affordable fruits?  Th...
10/09/2020
Fruit Infused Water: Apple, Pear and Ginger - Just Say Yes

🍏 An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Did you know that apples are one of the most popular and affordable fruits? They’re also a good source of fiber and several important nutrients. Celebrate Virginia #FarmtoSchool week with your family by preparing a new apple recipe with #VirginiaGrown apples. Try one of the recipes below, and comment below to let us know how it turns out!

Apple Carrot Salad (and other apple tips) https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/HNFE/HNFE-314-5/HNFE-314-5.pdf
Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoeshttps://eatsmartmovemoreva.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Baked-Apples-and-Sweet-Potatoes-4.pdf
Apple Cinnamon Crisphttps://eatsmartmovemoreva.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Apple-Cinnamon-Crisp-8.pdf
Skillet Pork and Appleshttps://eatsmartmovemoreva.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Skillet-Pork-and-Apples-2.pdf
Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Onions https://jsyfruitveggies.org/brussels-sprouts-with-apples-and-onions/
Homemade Applesauce https://jsyfruitveggies.org/applesauce/
Pinto Bean Apple Salad https://jsyfruitveggies.org/pinto-bean-salad/
Apple, Pear, and Ginger Infused Water https://jsyfruitveggies.org/fruit-infused-water-apple-pear-and-ginger/

Photo Credit: “Pears-259” by Apple Pear Austraila… / CC BY 2.0 Print Fruit Infused Water: Apple, Pear and Ginger By Kerry Leary May 13, 2015 Quick Tips To stay hydrated, drink eight cups of water each day. Drink more when it’s hot outside and when you are physically active. Fill a water bott...

Virginia #FarmtoSchool is:🍎 Kids cooking and eating local foods🌱 Gardens growing, and🙌 Farmers thriving.Help us celebrat...
10/08/2020
Scavenger-Hunt-for-the-Farmers-Market.pdf

Virginia #FarmtoSchool is:
🍎 Kids cooking and eating local foods
🌱 Gardens growing, and
🙌 Farmers thriving.

Help us celebrate the movement with a visit to your local farmers market this week! Kids can complete the scavenger hunt below as you shop 👇

If you have an EBT or P-EBT card, follow this link to find information on the farmers markets and grocery stores that offer discounts on local produce: https://roanoke.ext.vt.edu/FoodResources.html

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Surprise find of two Morel mushrooms in the back yard. Black common ink cap mushroom as far as I know. Very strange, black ooze seeps out of the cap. Stem hollow and spongy. Cave Spring area. Anyone seen these before? We live in the Cave Spring area and this is late Oct 2020. Never had these type of mushrooms in 30 years of living here. Woke up this morning to another 7-8 of these mushrooms!!
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is working with the Roanoke Valley Community Wildlife Habitat Team to become a NWF certified Community Wildlife Habitat. To help them reach this goal, we have a very exciting offer for Roanoke-area wildlife gardening enthusiasts and we hope that you’ll help promote the offer. We’re offering a special promotion only for residents of Roanoke County, Roanoke and Salem. The special promotion includes a free habitat certification and a free yard sign ($50 value!) to the first 25 gardeners to certify their gardens. All that is required is to go to this link and complete the survey questions about your garden! Having gardens certified by the National Wildlife Federation is a key step in the Roanoke Valley becoming certified as aCommunity Wildlife Habitat! This is a limited time offer and we’re hoping that you’ll help the Roanoke Valley get closer to earning this certification as a healthy, sustainable and wildlife-friendly community. Please feel free to share this link with your contacts: https://nwf.org/CertifyRoanoke I may be reached at: [email protected] or 703-438-6507 if you have any questions! All the best and be well! Luisa Luisa Grant Senior Coordinator/Community Programs she | her | hers National Wildlife Federation [703-438-6507] www.nwf.org Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world National Wildlife Federation NWF.ORG National Wildlife Federation Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing w
Love those traditional Barn Quilts? Our friends in Franklin County have the event for you!
Funny that this comes up in my news feed the same week I attended the Practical Pruning session! Who says Facebook doesn't listen... ☺️
Isn't this a neat idea to protect our growing treats!
Save the Date, Saturday, May 4th for the 6th annual Buchanan Garden Festival. This year's Garden Speakers include the Virginia Master Gardeners Roanoke Chapter. They will be sharing hot gardening topics during two separate programs - Guest Speakers & Schedule 11:30 am – Scott Wilde-Mason Bees: Our Native Pollinators and their Homes 1:30pm – Donna Haley-Moon Gardens and the Forgotten Pollinators
Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists 2019 Basic Course Class Schedule Wednesday Evenings 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Weekend Field Trips Location: Salem Public Library: 28 E Main St, Salem VA February 20 Introduction to Virginia Master Naturalists Wednesday American Naturalists The VMS System February 27 Ecological Concepts Wednesday Nature of Naming March 6 Mammalogy Wednesday March 13 Land Use in Virginia Wednesday Urban and Suburban Systems March 20 Virginia Biogeography Wednesday Geology and Soil Science March 27 Entomology Wednesday April 3 Ornithology Wednesday April 6 Field Trip: Bird Walk Saturday April 10 Aquatic Ecology Wednesday Wetland Ecology Management April 13 Field Trip: Stream Monitoring Saturday April 17 Herpetology Wednesday April 24 Forest Ecology and Management Wednesday Dendrology May 1 Botany Wednesday May 4 Field Trip: Tree and Plant Identification Saturday May 8 Citizen Science Wednesday Ichthyology May 11 Field Trip—Fish Monitoring Saturday May 15 Interpretation and Teaching Wednesday Risk and Working with Youth Take home written test will be available by the end of the week and due June 30. May 18 or 19 Practical Test (Date depends on student availability and weather) Saturday or Sunday July (TBA) Graduation Picinic, Recognition, and 3rd Quarter Meeting Sunday "For more information about becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist and joining the Roanoke Valley Chapter: • Learn more about the Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists: Roanoke Valley Master Naturalist Brochure • Complete the Volunteer Enrollment Form: VMN Volunteer Enrollment Agreement • Complete the Applicant Questionnaire: VMN Applicant Questionnaire Mail the completed Volunteer Form and Questionnaire to Tammi Cascone 1432 Haydon St. Salem, VA 24153 [email protected] Include a check for $100 made payable to Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists."
INTRODUCTION to BEEKEEPING Spring 2019 Class Dates: All four Saturdays: February 2 and 23, and March 2 and 23, 2019 (Inclement weather makeup days as needed: Feb 9 or 16, March 9 and/or 30) Any class cancelations posted on WSLS 10 as Botetourt Beekeepers Association. Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Place: Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, 4708 Read Mountain Road, Cloverdale, VA Texts: Three texts are included in tuition fee: Beekeeping Basics; A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies; and Diana Sammataro, Beekeeper’s Handbook. Preregister: Received by January 26, $100. Second family member sharing materials, $60. Mail check or money order to Botetourt Beekeepers Association, PO Box 424, Daleville, VA 24083. Include your name, address, phone number, and email. Register: After January 26, $115. It would help if you would email so we can have a chair ready. Arrive February 2 between noon and 12:45 p.m. with check or cash. Instructors: Members of the Blue Ridge and Botetourt Beekeepers Associations. Coordinator: Rudy Taylor. May be reached via email at [email protected] Include BEEKEEPING INTRO in the subject line to differentiate it from spam. Or post questions on Facebook at Botetourt and Blue Ridge Beekeeping Course Sponsors: Jointly sponsored by both the Blue Ridge Beekeepers Association (usually meets in Roanoke City/County) and the Botetourt Beekeepers Association Class Description: This Introduction to Beekeeping class will cover essential skills and knowledge for your first year of beekeeping. A variety of equipment and tools will be available for hands-on inspection. • Guidance on building or buying your hive equipment (and cost information) • Safe and effective use of smokers, hive tools, and protective gear • Good sources for getting your first bees • Installing your first bees into the hives • Caring for the bees as they build up into a healthy, successful colony • Preparing the bees to survive the winter • Essential knowledge about honey bee and colony lifecycle • Dealing with pests and diseases to maintain healthy colonies • Plants useful to pollinators for honey and pollen • Conversations with experienced beekeepers • Optional hive inspection demonstration in April or May when weather permits. Both the Blue Ridge Beekeepers Association and the Botetourt Beekeepers Association will waive 2019 dues for persons who successfully complete the course: we want you to succeed.
It's officially #EATtogether week! What will you and your family do this week to #EatTogether, be #ActiveTogether and #TalkTogether?
Look for Master Gardeners this weekend at the 9th Annual Greater Roanoke Home Show! Watch for hourly talks and visit our booth!
You can check out information for the Intro to Beekeeping Course offered by the Blue Ridge and Botetourt Beekeepers Associations at the EVENT portion of their Facebook sites. Preregistration through January 27, 2018.
Looking for new Volunteers! Invite your like-minded friends! Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists 2018 Basic Course February 21, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM The preliminary Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists 2018 Basic Course Schedule has been announced. An updated schedule will be published when the topics and speakers are finalized, but the class dates should remain unchanged. The course will meet on Wednesday Evenings from 6 – 9 pm, February 21 through May 19, 2018, at the Salem Public Library. The course will also include four Saturday field trips. The Basic Course is part of the Virginia Master Naturalist certification process, which includes 40 hours of basic training, 8 hours of advanced training, and 40 hours of volunteer service. Topics covered in the Basic Course include: Introduction to Virginia Master Naturalists American Naturalists Citizen Science Ecological Concepts Nature of Naming Land Use in Virginia Urban and Suburban Systems Virginia Biogeography Geology and Soil Science Entomology Ornithology Aquatic Ecology, Macroinvertebrates & Management Forest Ecology and Management Mammology Herpetology Ichthyology Dendrology Botany Wetland Ecology Management Interpretation and Teaching Risk and Working with Youth Field Trips include: Bird Walk Stream Monitoring Fish Monitoring Tree and Plant Identification Date: February 21, 2018 Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Venue Salem Public Library 28 E. Main St. Salem, VA 24153, United States For more information, or to register please contact Tammi at [email protected] or Ellen at [email protected].