The Rappahannock 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 Rappahannock 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

TO:      Virginia Fruit Growers-

            The Rappahannock Extension Office invites each of you to attend a series of in-orchard and zoom meetings scheduled from April through August 2021.

            We will meet at the host orchard at 11:00 a.m. for a tour of the orchard, followed by a discussion of current orchard management recommendation. Virginia Tech fruit specialists from the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center will be present to address specific topics. Zoom meetings will be 11:30- 1:00pm and will be recorded.  We encourage you to bring samples of insects, diseased foliage or scaffolds for treatment recommendations.  We will adjourn around 2:00 p.m.  A schedule of meeting locations and directions to the orchards are listed on the back of this letter. Also, please bring a bagged lunch.

            Please call Kenner Love at the Rappahannock County Extension Office at 540-675-3619 or Mark Sutphin at the Frederick County Extension Office at 540-665-5699 for additional information about these programs.




2022 In Orchard Meetings

Aug 17 Twilight meeting starting at 5:00p.m. Frederick County TBA Sherif, Srdjan, Chris, Doug and Mark

July 13, 2022 Orchard Twilight Meeting: orchard tour at Shawnee Springs Market & Cannery – Whitacre Family Farms, near Cross Junction, VA followed by a catered meal & seasonal updates from Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialists

Registration is required. –To ensure that you are provided with a meal, you must email Mark Sutphin at or call: (540.665.5699) before noon on Friday, July 8th.

5:30pm We will meet at 5:30pm at Shawnee Springs Market & Cannery – Whitacre Family Farms, Whitacre Orchard at 391 Old Mill Lane, Cross Junction, VA 22625. Please dress appropriately for a walking tour of the orchard and bring your own folding/camping chair.

6:30pm Catered Meal

                                            When registering, please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can appropriately accommodate.

                                            Drs. Srdjan Acimovic, Chris Bergh, and Sherif Sherif will be providing seasonal updates at dinner and will be available for discussions and concerns regarding the growing season.

The invasive spotted lanterfly is on the move in Virginia.
If you see SLF in your area, please report it here








John Jackson Piedmont Blues Festival Documentary

Coming this Fall! (more details soon)  

- Last Saturday of September 2022.

For more information click on the link below  

Home Vegetable Gardening  

Vegetable Gardening Monthly Tips 2022:

Click on the month below for seasonal gardening tips!











Please visit the website  to assist you in pest crop management decisions.

Please email should you have any questions.




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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