As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.

This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.

The Bedford County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local 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 Bedford County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

What's New

COVID-19 Updates from Virginia Cooperative Extension 

As we all know, the entire community has been impacted by COVID-19 and extension is no exception.  Here are updates on the virus along with VCE COVID-19 resources.

Check out our extension resources here.                 
Bedford County COVID-19 response here. 


Soil Sample Testing Kits

As spring is upon us and homeowners are thinking about their lawn and gardens, Virginia Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Virginia Tech Soil Testing Laboratory has you covered.  For your convenience, soil testing kits for home lawns, gardens, fruits, and ornamentals, as well as fields and crops have been placed in a drop box outside of the side entrance to our building.  Drop by at your convenience if you are busy in your yards or fields during this time!


Bedford Area Farmers' Markets

Bedford County has two farmers markets that provide fresh locally grown goods directly from the farmers and producers in support of local agriculture and producers.

See more at the Bedford Farmers' Market webpage.

Home Water Test

2020 Lynchburg Area Home Water Testing

Does your water come from a well, spring, or cistern?
Do you want to learn more about the quality of your water?

Clinics will be offered in the counties of Amherst/Lynchburg, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell, in September 2020. Samples must be delivered to designated locations at 7:30 - 9AM on collection day - September 9, 2020 (physical distancing measures will be in place and masks are required).  Pre-registration is required in order to get all water testing materials ahead of collection day.  Please contact your local extension office for a registration form, as well as information about collection times.  All results will be emailed or mailed in October 2020.

Follow this link to REGISTER FOR THE CLINIC prior to September 4th @ 5pm.  



Food, Nutrition, and Health Tips and Resources

Are you an at home chef for your family?  Check out our resources for tips and tricks to make meal times and cooking a breeze.  

Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state: