While viewing the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy community, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents and volunteers work in Nelson County with a focus on improving wellness for individuals and their families.  There are many aspects of overall wellness including nutrition, health, financial management, and family dynamics throughout the life span.  As educators, community resources, and links to professionals throughout the community, their 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.


American Dietetic Association
Buy Fresh Buy Local
Alliance for Healthier Virginians
Family Album Radio
National Center for Home Food Preservation
Smart Beginnings - Ready for School, Ready for Life
USDA - Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Virginia Agriculture and Food Entrepreneurship Program
Virginia Household Water Quality Program & Virginia Master Well Owner Network

Nelson 4-H Camp will be July 8 - 12, 2019 and will provide a week of fun, fellowship and experiential learning for campers age 9-13 (must turn 9 before September 30, 2019). The camping program helps youth build self-esteem and challenges them to be innovative and creative. Participants have the opportunity to participate in exciting classes as well as recreation time, special evening events, songs, games and more. Some of the classes we offer include: Archery, Riflery, Performing Arts, Swimming, Cooking, Basketball, High Ropes and Climbing Tower, Canoeing and more. Camp is more than just FUN! It is also: Accredited through the American Camping Association, staffed with highly qualified staff and teen and adult volunteers, and focused on the 4-H Learn by Doing motto and experiential learning model.

Camp slots fill on a first come first served basis! The camp cost is to be announced, the cost includes meals, lodging, transportation and a t-shirt. 

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.

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Community Viability Specialists

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