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

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.


Bedford County 4-H Program 

The 4-H program in Bedford County is an active and thriving program with multiple clubs and events for kids and families. There are a range of clubs including: Bedford Horse and Pony Club, Bedford Livestock Club, Bedford Shooting Education Club, Brook Hill Horse Club, Cloverbud Club, and Moneta Community Club. Each of these clubs offers a variety of activities for different interests and ages. Contacts for these clubs can be obtained by calling the office at 540-586-7675.   Bedford County takes pride in its youth and accordingly, its 4-H program; please join in with any of our clubs, programs, and camps to see for yourself what 4-H and Bedford County can do for you and your children.

2019 4-H Teacher Workday Camp Series 

Farm to Table Camp 
Friday, Sepetmber 20, 2019 || 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. || $10 participant fee
Registration is open to youth ages 5 - 10 

For more information, contact 540-586-7675 or

2019 Balanced Living with Diabetes

This program is sponsored by the generous support of the Bedford Community Health Foundation in partnership with Centra. The program will be conducted over four sessions being held on Tuesdays from October 8 to October 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This once a week class runs for four weeks with a three-month reunion. It is open to those with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.
Participants receive hands-on experience in preparing meals that are healthy, easy to prepare and taste good, as well as the opportunity to sample recipes demonstrated. Sessions also provide up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise, and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests. Recipe booklets and handouts will be given to each participant.
The cost of the program is $10 per individual or $15 for two members of the same household. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join us for 4-H programming, games and activities. Registrations must be received in the Bedford Extension Office no later than September 27, 2019. To receive a registration brochure or to get more information on foods, nutrition, and health contact Susan Prillaman at (540)586 7675,

Upcoming Events

2019 4-H Teacher Workday Camp Series 

4-H National Youth Science  Day Camp
Friday, October 18, 2019 || 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. || $10 participant fee
Registration is open to youth ages 5 - 10

Monday, November 4, 2019 || 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. || $10 participant fee
Registration is open to youth ages 5 - 10

For more information, contact 540-586-7675 or

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.

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