Alesia Blizzard, Jessica Soffee, Jacqueline Simmons, Sonja Mitchell, Kelsey Kennedy, Lois Graywolf, Jeffrey Williams, and Lishka Banda.

The VCE Newport News crew from left to right: Alesia Blizzard, Jessica Soffee, Jacqueline Simmons, Sonja Mitchell, Kelsey Kennedy, Lois Graywolf, Jeffrey Williams, and Lishka Banda.


Please read new regulations of service due to COVID-19!

Thank you for visiting the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office! YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK TO RECEIVE SERVICE! VCE Staff may refuse service to anyone who is unwilling to wear a mask.

For your safety and the safety of VCE staff, the Extension office is currently servicing clients by appointment only! Clients must call the Extension office in advance at (757) 591-4838 to schedule a time to be seen by VCE staff. Please avoid bringing guests with you to your appointment if possible. Upon your appointment you will be asked to fill out our COVID questionnaire to ensure you have not been exposed to the virus. VCE staff have the right to refuse service to any client that has been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19!

Soil Sample Kits are available for pick-up in the container secured under the bushes to your left! We encourage you to submit any plant samples by photo to the Master Gardener help desk at If you have specific questions please call (757) 591-4838 and we will do our best to assist you.

Regulations of service are subject to change to provide maximum safety to clients and staff. We urge you to take all necessary steps to stay healthy and follow guidelines outlined by local health departments. We look forward to continuing to serve the community in new and innovative ways.

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The City of Newport News office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to youth and family nutrition and financial education along with your 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 Newport News improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability. 

Give us a call at 757-591-4838 to learn about our free programs.

Virginia Peninsula Master Gardener Training for Falls 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Please consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener in 2021!

We look forward to meeting you!

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What's New

**In light of announcements made by the Governor of Virginia and by Virginia Tech regarding the COVID-19 virus, in-person consultations with VCE have been suspended pending further updates, but WE ARE STILL OPEN. Give us a call.


However, KEEP YOUR HORTICULTURE-RELATED QUESTIONS COMING TO US! Our Horticulture, Agriculture, and Natural Resource live consultations/lectures can be still be made available to you via online tools (such as ZOOM). Please email Jeffrey D. Williams at for information on how we can help you with this.

Also, MASTER GARDENER HELP DESK SERVICES ARE STILL BE AVAILABLE, although not in-person. Please contact our Help Desk at 757-591-4838 or visit the NNMGA webpage at to submit a garden-related inquiry via email.



In-person Rain Barrel Workshops have been canceled for 2020, but YOU CAN STILL ORDER and ARRANGE for PICK-UP of RAIN BARRELS and/or VERMICULTURE KITS from our Newport News Master Gardeners.  The price of each rain barrel is $60.  Each rain barrel is 55 gallons. Call our Help Desk at 757-591-4838 for details. 

A VIDEO VERSION of how to put together your rain barrel will be posted on the NNMGA Facebook page on SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 for NNMGA's virtual version of the 2020 GO GREEN EXPO.  Please call us or our Newport News Master Gardeners Help Desk at 757-591-4838 for information.


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